Adios, Adobe Flash. Hello, speedier and safer Google Chrome.
We've been telling you for months that the graphics program Adobe Flash is loaded with malware. If you don't need it, get rid of it.
Which is just what Google is doing next week. At least, it's issuing an upgrade to its Chrome Web browser that will make it faster, and more secure than its current version.
It'll do that in part by automatically pausing Flash video commercials. Currently, you can manually choose to pause Flash commercials in Chrome's Advanced Settings. (Go to Content Settings, then Detect and run important plug-in content.)
But, as of Sept. 1, you won't have to do anything. Chrome will automatically pause Flash commercials. However, the video content you're watching won't be paused.
To really speed things up, there's a plug-in that can help out. We've told you that Google Chrome eats up loads of your PC's memory, or RAM.
Google has been working to fix that, too, with a plug-in called the Great Suspender. It lets you disable Chrome tabs you're not using.
Chrome is already a fast and secure browser. These upgrades are meant to make it faster and safer.