Solution to Warning: Unresponsive Plugin! Shockwave Flash may be busy, or it may have stopped responding.

Solution to Warning: Unresponsive Plugin! Shockwave Flash may be busy, or it may have stopped responding.

We have a solution to the “Warning: Unresponsive Plugin” problem in Firefox and Google Chrome to:

“Shockwave Flash may be busy, or it may have stopped responding.  You can stop the plugin now, or you can continue to see if the plugin will complete.”


Now if you haven’t seen this message when browsing with Google Chrome or Firefox, then Thank God!  But for those of us that have seen this error message one too many times follow along and I will outline how to eliminate this problem once and for all.

To begin with I thought I was the one to blame for this constant error message.  I would get this error message about 10-30 times per day.  It would crash my browser, freeze my browser, or simply create long delays in my browsing.  I thought it was my addon or plugin configurations that was causing the problem.

Finally I had to do something about this.  So I began searching all over the Internet and various search engines for the solution.  What I found was amazing.  Not only was I NOT the only person to have experienced this problem, but this problem has been plaguing people for years.  I actually had this problem on my Windows 7 office computer, home computer and laptop computer.  My wife had this problem on here old Windows XP computer and now here Windows 7 home computer and laptop computer.  And my son had this problem on his old Windows XP computer and his New Windows 7 computer in addition to his laptop and most importantly he told me that the “School computers have this problem too.”  WOW!!!  When I heard that, I new I had to take some action because it was obvious that no one else was.  You would think with organizations such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Adobe Shockwave Flash that someone would have taken the time to correctly acknowledge this error and fix this error by now.  But much to my surprise they haven’t and I found at least 20 different suggestions and potential ways to solve the problem.

After reviewing all the potential ways to solve this problem, I realized that I had a better solution of my own.  I would simply turn off or disable the Shockwave Flash plugin.  So I turned it off and sure enough, problem solved.

Here is How To Disable The Shockwave Flash Plugin in the Firefox Browser:

  1. Click on “Tools” in the Firefox Browser.
  2. Then Click on Add-ons or type Ctrl+Shift+A
  3. This will bring up the Add-ons Manager.
  4. Once you are in the Add-ons Manager click on Plugins located on the left hand side navigation.
  5. Then look for Shockwave Flash and set the right hand dropdown arrwo menu to say “Never Activate”.
  6. That’s It!  Problem Solved!


Downsides to Disabling Shockwave Flash:

  1. Well Now Adobe Shockwave Flash won’t work.  Yippie!!! 🙂
  2. That’s It!

So much to my surprise I did this just to see how it would effect my browsing experience.  Thanks to HTML 5 many Flash Video Players still play in HTML 5 if you don’t have Flash installed or activated.  So Other then a few banner ads not working for me, my browsing is almost perfect and literally 95% better then it ever was.  I think it might even be better then before the problem surfaced.

Oh, But what if I need Flash and It isn’t activated?

Good News!  You simply go back to your browser preferences and turn it back on.

Then when you are done, you turn it back off again.

Now  am not sure that this solution is for everyone.  But for me it worked just about as good as I could have ever expected and most of all…

It was simple and easy!

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