Why am I seeing a Flash Player error every time I boot my Windows computer?

Fred Cugley March 13, 2013

On boot-up I get the following error message:

Windows cannot find ‘C:\Documents and Settings\Fred\Application Data\Adobe\Flash Player\Plugin\Plugin.exe’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, then try again. To search for a file, click the start button, and search.

I have not been able to find the file ‘Plugin.exe’ anywhere!

How do I fix this problem?

  1. Flash Gordan
    April 12, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Over the last months I have had various secuirty scanners indicating issues with and related to Flash Player; on a single occasion, i was redirected to https://get2.adobe.com... notice there is a "2" added to the URL.

    Caromel SSL verification reports: WARNING! BROKEN and INSECURE! ( red 6%)

    I am using firefox 20.01.

    I just checked Comodo Dragon browser, and any attemt to go download flash redirects to: http://get2.adobe.com/flashplayer/?no_redirect

    This is a very serious issue that I see a lot with this "get2" website, which is known for distributing malware. If you are being redirected to this page, there is no solution at this time and there is no investigation into this.. sorry

  2. yudics
    April 7, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Try This:

    Run your windows registry editor, StartMenu->Run and typing "Regdt32", then in the registry editor, go to "My ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun" , find "C:Documents and SettingsFredApplication DataAdobeFlash PlayerPluginPlugin.exe", then delete that key, and restart your PC.

    March 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Hello, to begin with I would scan the computer for malware. If it is clean, download the most recent version of flash player:


    Before installing the new version, make sure to uninstall whatever version you have by following the steps shown in the following link:


    That should solve your issue.

  4. K.V.D.Prasad
    March 24, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Just uninstall flash player at add/remove programs and install the latest flash player.

    March 18, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Reinstallation will be the best solution....

  6. BAM
    March 18, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Unlikely that this is a Flash error, more so malware as I don't believe there should be any "plugin.exe" related to Flash.

    Run a scan on your PC with Malwarebytes Antimalware or similar.

    To get rid of the error on startup you can also try to locate and disable or delete the startup entry with Autoruns http://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

  7. Nitesh Badala
    March 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    such problem occur due to incomplete installation of flash or due to some file missing or deleted.

  8. j
    March 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    The easiest way would be to uninstall adobe flash player by going to control panel > add/remove features and click adobe flash player. then click uninstall. Next go to get.adobe.com/flashplayer then download and reinstall. Do not change the default location and it will install there again and the error will go away.

  9. Alan Wade
    March 13, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Uninstall Flash player through your Control Panel. Run CCleaner Reg cleaner module to get shut of leftover reg keys.
    Download and install Fash Player from here: http://www.filehippo.com/download_flashplayer_firefox/
    Be sure to click on the latest version.

    Let us know if you need more help.

  10. Chinmay Sarupria
    March 13, 2013 at 11:50 am

    'Plugin.exe' may have been deleted due to corruption. Reinstalling flash player should solve the issue.

  11. Prashant Mirjankar
    March 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

    uninstall and reinstall flash player that might help

  12. Jan Fritsch
    March 13, 2013 at 11:27 am

    It seems like you have some malware on your system. There shouldn't be a plugin.exe from Flashplayer and the location matches up with the DNSchanger information provided by McAfee.

    In response to Susendeeps comment: Please, always download Flash Player (or any other software for that matter) from the developers homepage. It's the first and most important step to prevent getting malware in the first place.

  13. susendeep dutta
    March 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Run CCleaner and then install updated version of Flash player -


    Re-installation of Flash player might resolve this issue as the installer would attempt to repair the damaged installation.

  14. Oron Joffe
    March 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

    The simplest solution would be to reinstall Flash (you can get it from http://get2.adobe.com/flashplayer/?no_redirect . You can decline the offer for McAfee Security Scan Plus unless you specifically want it).

  15. ha14
    March 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

    uninstall adobe flash player then boot to safe mode and scan windows with malaware bytes antimalware, superantispyware, clamwin portable...reboot to safe mode and scan with ccleaner, wise registry cleaner...reinstall adobe flash player

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