Remove Adobe Shockwave Player from Windows Computer

  • Lazaro R. Jones
  • 2018.Nov.28 9:06
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Shockwave Player is a free web browser plug-in developed by Adobe, allowing users to view interactive web content like games, videos, presentations, advertisements and more. If you want to view content created on Adobe Shockwave platform, you need to install this plug-in in compatible browser. Yet, some users may decide to uninstall Shockwave Player for security reason, or when having troubles in using this software.

In this page we will list two different approaches to help you completely uninstall Adobe Shockwave Player from Windows system. You can either run a professional remover to get rid of the software within clicks, or follow the regular uninstall steps to manually uninstall Shockwave Player and then delete its traces on your PC.

Way 1: remove Shockwave Player with Crapware Uninstaller

As a relatively new but powerful removal tool, Crapware Uninstaller enables users to easily delete any unwanted programs in an user-friendly interface. You just need to go through three stages: select > uninstall > confirm. Here are the detailed steps:

1. Select Shockwave Player

Launch Crapware Uninstaller, then select Adobe Shockwave Player, and click Run Analysis to start the scanning of all components of Adobe Shockwave Player.

2. Execute the uninstall

As the scanning is complete, click Complete Uninstall button, and then choose Yes in the dialog asking “are you sure you want to uninstall Adobe Shockwave Player?”

Click Yes in the Windows Installer window asking “are you sure you want to uninstall this product”, and then click Scan Leftovers button in the CU interface.

3. Remove all leftovers

Click Delete Leftovers button, and then click Yes in the dialog asking “are you sure you want to delete all leftovers” to perform a permanent, thorough removal of the app.


Soon you will be prompted that all leftovers have been completely removed. Click OK, close Crapware Uninstaller, and the uninstall has been finished. Quick and simple, right? To get more details about this app, visit the homepage in this site.

Way 2: Uninstall Shockwave Player via Control Panel

Here we summarize different steps to uninstall Shockwave Player on different Windows systems. Please note that before the uninstall, you may need to shut down the opening web browser if the Shockwave Player plug-in is active in the browser.

On Windows 7:

  • Hit the Windows key on your keyboard
  • Select the Control Panel in the list
  • Click on Programs in Control Panel interface
  • Highlight Shockwave Player and click on Uninstall to begin uninstall process

On Windows 8/10:

  • Right click on the Start icon and click on Control Panel in the list

  • Click on Uninstall a program under the Programs in Control Panel

  • Right click Shockwave Player and click on Uninstall/Change


You will be prompted to click Yes in the pop-up Programs & Features window, to confirm the uninstall, and then click Yes in the User Account Control window to allow the change. After the process is completed, you could restart your computer.

Question: have you fully removed Shockwave Player yet?

Uninstalling a program in Control Panel only removes the app itself, yet some files created by the program may still remain in system registry or disk. We suggested you to detect and wipe out unwanted program leftovers so as to avoid an overweight, bloated Windows registry and to free up your disk space. So, please continue to search the registry and the system directory for Shockwave Player-related files and folders.

  • (Right) click on the Start icon and then click on Search in the list
  • Type “regedit” in the box and press Enter key to activate Registry Editor

  • Click Find from the Edit menu in the Registry Editor
  • Type the keyword(s) of target program or its vendor’s name in the search box
  • Enter Find Next (or F3) to locate and delete related keys or values

Warning: As a collection of databases of configuration settings, the registry is quite crucial to Windows operating system. Besides, some of the program leftovers are ambiguous to identify. To avoid any mis-operation in this part, you’d better backup the entries you plan to touch before making any changes in the registry.

  • Open up the File Explorer, and head to the This PC folder
  • Type the keyword(s) of target program or its vendor’s name in the search box
  • Select the files or folders pertaining to Shockwave Player, and delete them all

After the deletion, Shockwave Player should be entirely removed from your PC. If you think this regular method takes too much time to carry out, and you wanna remove Shockwave Player as simplest as possible, we highly recommend you to use an advanced and reliable uninstaller, like Crapware Uninstaller, to save some troubles.

Is this post helpful for you? What problems do you have in removing Windows programs? We are here to provide tech assistance if you need some help.


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