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Monday, April 15. 2013
The problems (videos not playing, freezing up the system, strange error messages, etc) started almost a year ago when Flash introduced some new security protocol. As a bit of background: Java, which was the Flash of its day before Shockwave/Flash came along, is so riddled with exploitable holes that the most recent advice from the experts has been to disable it completely. With Java fading and Flash coming into its own, the malware hackers have pulled out their 3000X electronic microscopes in an effort to find any weaknesses. So Flash can't be blamed for battening down the hatches.
Another pesky problem that's cropped up is Firefox opening new windows under the present window, not on top of, when clicking on certain links (in the WordPress editor, e.g.) or using the right mouse button on a link to open it in a new window. This is pretty common on sites like Hot Air, Instapundit, PJ Media, Drudge, etc, that don't automatically open external links in a new window, as they should. The reason they don't is because they want you to hit that 'Back' button to get back to their site, which adds another 'click' to their total which means they can charge more for their banner advertisements.
But I stray.
To fix this pesky problem:
— On a standard 32-bit Windows system, open 'Computer', then the C Drive, then Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash
— On a 64-bit Windows system, open C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash
— Edit the "mss.cfg" file with Notepad. Add this line to the bottom:
Save the file, reboot.
Speaking of Firefox, it went through a major security update of its own recently, so unless you're sure yours is updating automatically, go to the Help menu, 'About Firefox', click the 'Update' button.
Any questions or additions, give a holler in the comments like usual.
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I support an Open Source EMR that is web-based. We are suggesting to all users that they install Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release). It still gets security updates, but not all the other b.s. that results in pages breaking. The short update cycle for Firefox is a real pain.
Hang in there, Doc, and stay online with us if you can.
Surprised no one has posted anything on the Boston Marathon....
glad to see your post, Doc. Not that I understand it; just glad to see you posting.
I tried your method, and it does not allow me to save the change (having added "ProtectedMode=0" at the end), saying I have to ask the "Administrator"...THIS IS MY OWN HOME LAPTOP! Please advise.
Ed - Try going to Control Panel, User Accounts, "Change your account type". Select 'Administrator', reboot.
That should give you 'permission' to edit the file. Lemme know if it does or doesn't work.
Hi! It did NOT work. I went to "Change you account type" and, though 2 choices appeared, only "Administrator" was marked, it was NOT POSSIBLE to select "Standard User". HELP!
First off, 'Administrator' is what you want. That does, however, confuse the issue because it's usually the lack of having Admin status that keeps one from editing a system file.
Try this. Open the Flash folder and copy the mss.cfg file to somewhere else. Edit it in Notepad and add the line. Then try copying it back, overwriting the original file.
If that doesn't work, try rebooting the computer and holding down the F8 key right as it reboots. That should open a panel that allows you to choose 'Safe Mode'. Do so, let it boot, then copy the file over to the original folder.
Lemme know how it progresses.
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Which worked, the over-copying or the Safe Mode routine?
I have the same problem with Chrome on a Mac. I've just about quit using it.
You might try two things. One, do a search through the system for "mms" since it's possible the Flash config file will have the same name on both systems. You could also try tracking down the Flash folder and see if there's some file (a small text file with just a few lines) that looks like a config file. On a Windows machine, a config file can end in ".cfg", ".ini", ".sys", and a few others, and I imagine the Mac is the same. It should be there somewhere.
Wow - Thanks!
I use Firefox at work and have had Flash turned off for months.
I can't fucking believe it. Nobody listen to this guy.
His advice to issues with flash? Turn off security!
Someone is editing a file in Program Files in notepad, can't save, and what's his advice/
MAKE YOURSELF ADMIN? ARE YOU FUCKING NUTS?
If your program doesn't work due to issues with higher security requirements, the answer isn't to turn them off or make yourself an admin (for fucks sake!) the answer is to STOP USING THAT PROGRAM.
The true solution to notepad and program files is to copy the file to your desktop, edit that copy, then overlay the copied file on the original. Anybody who is worth their salt knows that.
"the answer is to STOP USING THAT PROGRAM."
So, your advice to people is to never watch another video on the Web.
Wouldn't it be easier just to tell them to cower in the corner of the closet with the light off?
"The true solution to notepad and program files is to copy the file to your desktop"
Really? I edited the original file without a hitch. I was surprised NJSoldier's system wouldn't let him, given that it's a Flash file, not a Windows system file.
And your aversion to 'Admin' is certainly interesting. Have trouble with authority figures, do you?
I tried this three times - and each time everything went tickey-boo - until...it didn't.
Everything goes o.k. - found the mms.cfg, got it to open in Notepad (heading says: mms - Notepad), typed in new line below two lines that appear in/on Notepad - but then...I can't get the file to save.
I get a popup window that says:
Cannot create the C:\Windows\Systm32\Macromed\Flash\mms file.
Make sure that the path and file name are correct.
When I poke the OK button in the popup, I get another popup - this one is a Save As panel, showing the path:
See Ed's comment up above and the solution. Try doing the straight copy-over first, then do the 'Admin' thing if that doesn't work.
Also, if that's actually a copy of the error message, it says "Systm32", not "System32". Did you load it straight into Notepad with its load requester?