Shockwave Flash has crashed – How to fix it once and for all!

Are you sick of super slow browsers and constant crashes and every time the culprit is Shockwave Flash?

Is this familiar?





Well, fear not!

This problem was really bugging me a few months back and it got to the stage where I was going out of my mind because of the frustratingly slow browser.

Hey, Chrome is supposed to be fast, right?

So I tried Firefox for a while…

That was even worse (sorry Firefox fans!)

The next step was to try Google…

Shockwave Flash crashing Chrome

A highly laser focused Google search – multiple phrases and  tricks to get through the rubbish to a real solution.

Now that was a joke!

You may have already found a few of the sites I went to.

Why do tech guys have to over-complicate every thing they do?

The huge amounts of code changes, browser settings and PC setup adjustments blew my poor feeble SEO mind!

Finally I found the Shockwave Flash has crashed solution!

And it was easier than you could imagine.

No complex changes to your computer, no rocket science…

I can’t speak for Mac fans as I use PC (maybe Mac fans don’t have the same problem?)

One caveat – this solution is for if you are crashing using multiple windows on an under-powered system. If you are having shockwave issues while watching videos this will not work for you (sorry!)

Follow these easy steps:

1. type  about:plugins  into your browser

It will redirect to  chrome:plugins

This is what you will see:

About plugins

2. Scroll down until you find Adobe Flash Player Shockwave Flash and click the Disable link. (you may even find two versions so try disabling one of them first to see if this works)

3. While you are here take a look at all the other unnecessary browser plugins (Quicktime player, Adobe reader, Silverlight etc) and disable them as well.

You may be thinking “Hey, I use Adobe reader and Silverlight etc”  but guess what? You should already have these downloaded if you use them so you DO NOT need them as plugins on your browser as well.

Oh, and while you’re at it why not go to that nice little set of 3 horizontal lines in the top right corner of your browser (customize and control Google Chrome)

Go to Tools

Then Extensions

Is there anything you don’t use there?

If you are terrified that you might get rid of something important just uncheck the enabled box.

Then you can always re-check it later if you like.

Personally I’d trash anything I don’t recognise.

One last step:

Same place – this time Tools > clear browsing data:

Clear browsing data chrome

Check the top 4 and choose how far back you want to go.

Note: if you go to the beginning of time you will lose all that handy auto-complete URL stuff that makes visiting sites you visit often easy!

Now, if you are unable to watch a video you just have to go to about:plugins and enable the plugin again temporarily. A hassle I know but better than those frustrating crashes.


Simple – no more crashes, browser returns to normal speed, blood pressure reduces, bad language minimises, peace…

I could go on a big rant now about how the big companies intentionally mess with each other and how they ensure that if you are using a competitor’s products that it will be fraught with problems and buggy behaviour and will…








But maybe I’ll do that in a future post.

Happy fast browsers people!


About Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan works with innovative businesses in New Zealand and Australia developing custom web marketing strategies integrating SEO, Content Marketing and Social Media Optimisation. When not in front of his screens you will probably find Mike walking on beautiful Ohope Beach with wife Midge and doberman Cooper. Follow Mike on Twitter here and


  1. Hi, I have the same problem with chrome and firefox only, in my case at least, it’s far worse with chrome.

    • tried all of these fixes nothing is working it is happening on chrome, ie and maxthon… so totally frustrated i just don’t know what to try next i just give up

  2. Thanks !! It fixed my problem!!

  3. VinceBZH says:

    I solved a crash problem in firefox and mute sound in chrome with flash.
    Problem is due to the frequency in sound card manager : maximum is 192kHz. My sound card allow to have 384kHz, and with this option, flash constantly crash in browser.
    Hope it is helpful.

  4. Happy browser says:

    Thank you very much! I was going crazy, with my son trying to play games and crashing every minute!!!!
    Many thanks!

  5. Mike Morgan, first of all, what you wrote under OUTCOME? made me laugh so hard I couldn’t type. I will try your suggestions and see…if they work, because my ShockWave Flash plug-in is driving me CRAZY! It usually occurs only when I am on AARP playing there games. I had a HORRIBLE time trying to get Adobe Flash Player to download, kept saying Internet Explorer wasn’t allowing me to do so, and yet I don’t have Internet Explorer, I have Google Chrome, funny, Google said Chrome was the BEST of their products and I have yet to see their BEST! Chrome, Internet Explorer, neither one seems so great to me. So HOPEFULLY YOUR suggestion will work, before I break my house window throughing my computer through it, not to mention, I have HP and Im told HP is not a very good computer, I am beginning to wonder if what I was told was right. I have only had HP 3 yrs now still almost new, I will see what happens, Im trying to keep my auburn red hair color AUBURN RED and NOT grey! STRESS!

  6. Kathy haas says:

    I did this, I have downloaded Adobe, & java only, & allowed silverlight, w/o details there were 9!!!!! if you click more details b ready there were hundreds!! however tho I disabled them all I still get the dreaded msg, about every three minutes on fv2 cannot play!!

  7. Went through the steps and nothing worked, even tried multiple websites and trouble shooting still nothing, easiest thing to do is do a system restore to the last time it worked, did that and it worked perfectly

  8. Badass Mike, thank you! Don’t know how many times I’ve just sat here with my 25 tabs open on my cheap Toshiba and waiting for Shockwave to get done crashing. Can’t wait to make this fix.

  9. Thank you very much. This solved the problem. Cheers.

  10. Firefox allows videos without Shockwave Flash – provided that one is watching a video before disabling Shockwave, and provided one does not click Refresh. (I’m using MF 30, on the beta update channel).

    I’ve had endless problems, with the Shockwave Flash notification box, and before that (and still !) with the Unresponsive Script notification box, first on Firefox, then on Chrome, Avant, Maxthon, Opera, Safari, IE (of course !). Chrome seems to work alright with Youtube – for how long, remains to be seen.

  11. Hey, this was actually helpful!

  12. Went through the steps and nothing worked, even tried multiple websites and trouble shooting still nothing, easiest thing to do is do a system restore to the last time it worked, did that and it worked perfectly.

  13. I am ever so grateful. Thank you. You have restored some of my sanity. My hair will grow back.

  14. Thanks! This has helped me immensely 🙂 Definitely sharing this 🙂

  15. For me it is IE. I always get stuck when I use this. One of your readers mentioned FF (Firefox) and this happened to me yesterday.

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