I have been using Google Chrome as my main browser for a while alongside Mozilla Firefox which I also use fairly regularly. Internet Explorer is only used as a last resort if sites do not function correctly.

Recently though I seem to be inundated with plug-in crashes in Chrome.

Mozilla has recently updated Firefox to version 4.0 so I thought it would be good to try switching back. I still get the occasional crash though and when they happen in Firefox the whole screen goes blank and eventually comes back with a message that the video card driver has recovered from a problem…

These crashes are exclusively caused by Shockwave Flash and the following image is becoming a regular site:

Chrome Crash

With the release of Internet Explorer 9 I thought it was at least worth a look. Strangely I did not seem to get any crashes from my brief tests.

Unfortunately due to so many years of poor compatibility it is nowhere near enough for me to even contemplate using it on a regular basis. It does look like a huge step forward though…

So where do I go from here?

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling Shockwave Flash but this didn’t make the slightest bit of difference.

Almost all sites have some form of Flash on them even if it is only for the advertising… Even writing this post something in my WordPress setup must be using Flash as I have a message displayed at the top of the browser:

The following plug-in has crashed: Shockwave Flash

There must be some sort of problem with Adobe as I was even getting the occasional crash in Chrome on my iMac.

Maybe it’s time to try turning off Flash completely and see what happens…

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