Yes, I found that information in my research, as well.
My concern is that it will cause my Creative Suite – mainly Photoshop – to stop working properly. After more than a decade of having Photoshop on my computer, I am suddenly getting a red alert when I open Photoshop that says my copy is not properly licensed.
As I mentioned in my original post, I purchased three licenses for three separate copies of CS6 for my web development company when we were just starting out. I have purchased many more licenses as we grew. I can see no reason why I should be getting this alert.
Now, I have found this FLEXnet Publisher on my computer that wasn't there before, and I'm thinking that through updates – it would have to be updates because I no longer add new software to my Mac – that Adobe has caused this to be on my computer and I fear that – as so many others before me have found – that removing FLEXnet Publisher could cause my Photoshop, which I use all the time, and other elements of CS6, to stop working altogether.
Despite the red alert, I can, at least, still use my Photoshop.
So, you see, it isn't quite as simple as it might seem on its face.
I value the opinions of my peers who have gone before me and have specific familiarity with FLEXnet Publisher and the ramifications of removing it. Phone calls to Flexera's support have proved unhelpful. Their support team seems to be unaware of which of their end users might have caused it to be installed on my computer; nor are they helpful in determining the ramifications of removing it except to say that whichever company installed it – that company's software will probably be unusable if I uninstall it.
Still, I think it's the demon that is causing problems for my Photoshop. Perhaps I'm answering my own question.
I'll be honest: I have a basic dislike for Adobe and I resent to no end the idea that they have sneakily installed new software on my computer "sniffing out" possible licensing issues, especially after I've spent a small fortune with them buying licenses.