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Flash Player (Netscape/Firefox)

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Adobe's latest version of the Flash Player browser plug-in is just as trouble-free as previous versions, existing unobtrusively in your system until Web-based animations, games, or ubiquitous Flash ads require its services.

The latest version downloads and installs quickly, and will probably always require a browser restart. Our tests turned up nothing to make us scratch our heads, and upgrading from version 9 to the current one has fixed for many people a bug that caused embedded video to freeze.

You need a Flash Player to experience the Web at its fullest, so users at any level of expertise should have no qualms about installing or upgrading to Flash 10.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Forget Netscape 8- use Netscape Navigator 9 instead-"

    June 17, 2011  |   By andreaborman

    Version: Flash Player (Netscape/Firefox) 8.0.22

    Pros

    Installs and runs alongside Netscape Navigator 9. So you can have both versions of Netscape on your computer. But that's the only plus side. This version of Netscape is very very very slow.

    Cons

    Netscape is is very slow and does not recognise the adobe flash players. So you cannot play videos in the browser. As Netscape 8 has both the IE and Firefox engine,you need to install both Active X and the plug in Flash players.

    Summary

    Netscape 8 has both the IE engine and the Firefox engine in one browser. But it is very very slow. Slower than IE ever was, or any other browser I have tried for that matter. And you cannot play videos in Netscape 8 unless you install both Adobe flash player Active X for Internet Explorer and the Adobe flash player plug in for Firefox. But the download was so slow, I just gave up waiting for it to download the flash player. AND I already have both flash players installed(I have Safefox, a Firefox browser and Internet Explorer) anyway, and all my other web browsers recognise the flash players except Netscape 8. Netscape 8, and previous versions install alongside your existing Netscape 9. So you can use both Netscape 8 and 9 together on the same computer. But what is the good if it does not work? Also I hated the online spyware security scanner built into Netscape 8 that told me I had 3 infected files and wanted to remove them. But NO WAY,I would not let it. As Windows Defender told me I had NO spyware and I trust Windows Defender more than a web browser that does not even work properly. And also Netscape 8 and previous versions,7,6 and 4 installs a lot of extra unwanted software that is out of date and useless.Such as Macomedia Flash player 8(out of date),which broke the flash players in my other web browsers. And so I had to reinstall those again. Also Netscape 7 and 6 install Real Player 8(out of date) and a very old version of Aol Messenger no longer supported. Netscape 9 is fine as you just get the browser and is based on Firefox 2. But FORGET NETSCAPE 8 and the earlier versions 7,6 and 4. They are TERRIBLE browsers.If you must use Netscape stick with Netscape Navigator 9 only,which is the only version of Netscape worth using. And if you want a browser with a combined IE and Firefox engine go for Web Spirit or Lunascape which are decent and very good browsers. Not this Netscape 8. Andrea Borman.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Plugin for firefox!"

    January 28, 2006  |   By pikmin2000

    Version: Flash Player (Netscape/Firefox) 8.0.22

    Pros

    With Firefox out, you got to need this and shockwave to view animated content, otherwise, it'll be a dull world:P

    Cons

    None

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A well needed plugin indeed"

    January 27, 2006  |   By Ramesh Ganapathy

    Version: Flash Player (Netscape/Firefox) 8.0.22

    Pros

    Firefox has become very popular indeed. The flash player allows you view pages with flash content. Most websites today contain flash content. A basic need for Firefox and Netscape users.

    Cons

    Nothing.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not compatible with AdBlock"

    January 24, 2006  |   By plainslupe

    Version: Flash Player (Netscape/Firefox) 8.0.22

    Pros

    Necessary to play most games.

    Cons

    This version of flash will not work when AdBlock (in the Firefox browser) is activated. If AdBlock is activated, flash programs do not load at all. Of course, deactivating Adblock means having to tolerate any and all ads present on the current website page. VERY irritating. There is no reason for this, not when previous flash versions worked fine with AdBlock.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Animated ADS in your face."

    January 3, 2006  |   By webgrrrl

    Version: Flash Player (Netscape/Firefox) 8.0.22

    Cons

    Macromedia FLASH is what advertisers use to throw annoying animated ads at you everywhere you go.

    Some of the better anti-spyware and anti-adware apps block flash because of this.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "a plus for movies a minus for adds"

    October 24, 2005  |   By kyrandia

    Version: Flash Player (Netscape/Firefox) 8.0.22

    Pros

    movies and animation on web sites

    Cons

    The ads! I don't mean pop ups either those are blocked for me. What I mean are ads on the side bar that are moving video, flashing like a neon sign and extremely annoying!! These ads wern't there until I downloaded flash player. I am considering getting rid of it now.

    seriously think twice before you download this!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent"

    October 11, 2005  |   By silver_mx

    Version: Flash Player (Netscape/Firefox) 8.0.22

    Pros

    It works

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  • 5.0 stars

    "What to tell"

    September 29, 2005  |   By wavefront

    Version: Flash Player (Netscape/Firefox) 8.0.22

    Pros

    evrythin

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