4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 25, 2008 9:50 PM by powerbook1701
klineswim Level 1 (0 points)
I am having a hard time installing flash player onto my new computer. When I tried to install i was coming up with a drop box that said safari cannot find internet plug in MIME type plug in application/ x-shockwave flash. I went to the apple support and did find a plug in for flash but that was only for windows. I checked safari and the plug ins are activated. How do i install the plug in and then the flash program?
Help!! klineswim

imac, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,755 points)
    The latest version of Adobe FlashPlayer can be obtained from here:


    (You can check here: http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/about/ to see which version you should install for your Mac and OS.

    Note that Adobe requires you to uninstall any previous version of Flash Player, using the uninstaller from here (make sure you use the correct one!):


    and also that you follow the instructions closely, such as closing ALL applications first.

    Some users have mentioned that the latest Flash Player versions (v. and in some cases conflict with Leopard 10.5.4, and that they have needed to revert to v. 9.0.47. This can be downloaded from here:


    You should also ensure that you have downloaded and installed the correct version for your Mac of Security Update 2008-006. (N.B. Security Updates require both a restart and a permission repair.)
  • klineswim Level 1 (0 points)
    I have tried to download the latest version but it keeps telling me that i need a plug in for x-shockwave-flash. When i went to the apple sight and tried to install the plug in ---it was a windows version and came up as a text that was unreadable on my computer. I can not figure how movies can play on this machine but I can not view a hallmark e card! Any advice would be helpful!
  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,755 points)
    It is just possible that you may have come across a Trojan.

    From MacWorld Aug. 8, 2008:

    Fake CNN news malware spreading fast

    Over a thousand hacked sites are serving up fake Flash Player software to users duped into clicking on links in mail that's part of a massive spam attack masquerading as CNN.com news notifications.

    The bogus messages, which claim to be from the CNN.com news website, include links to what are supposedly the day's Top Ten news stories and Top Ten news video clips from the cable network. Clicking on any of those links, however, brings up a dialogue that says an incorrect version of Flash Player has been detected, and tells users they needed to update to a newer edition.

    One distinguishing feature of the attack, Masiello added, is the endless loop it uses to frustrate victims. If user clicks "Cancel" in the dialogue that prompts for an update, another pop-up appears, said Masiello, that tells the victim that they have to download it to view the video. Clicking "Cancel" there returns the user to the first dialogue.
    "It puts you in this perpetual loop, so your only options are to kill your browser session or be brow-beaten into installing it,"

    Adobe is aware of the malware posing as its Flash Player, and on Monday warned users to ignore any updates that didn't originate on its own servers. "Do not download Flash Player from a site other than adobe.com," said David Lenoe, Adobe's product security program manager, in an entry on Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team's PSIRT blog. "This goes for any piece of software (Reader, Windows Media Player, QuickTime, etc.). If you get a notice to update, it's not a bad idea to go directly to the site of the software vendor and download the update directly from the source. If the download is from an unfamiliar URL or an IP address, you should be suspicious."

    People who okayed the download of the bogus flash.exe file, said Danchev, instead received a Trojan horse -- identified by multiple names, including Cbeplay.a -- that in turn "phones home" to a malicious server to grab and install additional malware.


    If you have agreed to that installation, your system can be infected and your DNS settings altered, which results in your system using the wrong DNS servers, which can slow web surfing to a crawl.

    This can be fixed by downloading and running a freeware utility called DNSChanger Removal Tool which you can download from here:


    Once you have run that utility you have to re-boot your Mac, then reset Safari, and re-enter your DNS settings in System Preferences/Network.
  • powerbook1701 Level 3 (565 points)
    Before some version of Safari 3.x, when I would goto the Adobe Flash Player and Shockwave test, it would come up fine. After updating to 3.2.x, I have noticed that Shockwave no longer seems to be installed. When I goto the test site, I get:

    The page “Adobe - Test Adobe Shockwave and Flash Players” has content of MIME type “application/x-director”, but you don’t have a plug-in installed for this MIME type. A plug-in should be available on this page:


    Do you want to open the page?

    It all use to come up fine. I wonder if Safari 3.2.x broke this?