Safari: Fix Blocked Plug-in Message

Recently, many Safari users started seeing blocked plug-in errors when viewing webpages. The fix is easy, but why this is occurring is something that everybody should understand.

Apple has recently decided to have Safari block outdated versions of Adobe Flash. As much rich media advertising uses Flash (including what is displayed here on Tech-Recipes), many users are seeing “blocked plug-in” messages on almost every website that visited.

The Fix

By clicking one of these blocked areas, you will be directed to update your Flash plugin.

adobe flash player is out of date message

A drop-down box will appear that explains that the Adobe Flash Player is out of date and that it has been blocked. By selecting the Download Flash… option, you can update your player. Of course, you can also update directly from Adobe as well. Afterwards, you will need to restart your browser and you should no longer see the “blocked plug-in” messages. Well, you won’t see them again until another security issue is found with the Flash Player.

Why did Apple start blocking outdated Flash?

Apple has long railed against Adobe’s flash technology. When the iPhone was released, Apple decided not to allow Adobe Flash due to security and performance issues. In April 2010 Steve Jobs posted his thoughts on Flash in detail. Included in that article, Jobs reported that “Flash is the number one reason that Macs crash.” Most recently Macs had their most public and widespread trojan attack from the Mac Flashback malware. This trojan was installed by masquerading as a Flash Player update.

By forcing users to update to the latest Flash version, Safari is reducing many of the problems associated with this ubiquitous plugin. Newer versions of the Flash Player should have more crash inducing and performance reducing bugs fixed. Updates allow security holes to be forced closed. Additionally, by having a standard way to prompt the user for Adobe updates, trojan mimics should be less likely to fool the user.

 

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  • Linda

    I just upgraded to Mountain Lion and I get the blocked plug in message when I try run a video off a website as you described below. I have tried to upload and install the latest flash player from Adobe — and it looks initially that it might work — nothing happens and I never get the message to install. ??? what do you do – is there a equal program app from apple? Very challenging – help I just want to fix this problem. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

    • David Kirk

      Try downloading the plugin from the direct link above. Then go to safari (and all other browsers you may have open) and use the cmd-q command to quit them. Click to install the downloaded plugin. Let it install. Reboot. Let us know if that works. Good luck!

  • Eric Colvin

    That doesn’t work for us. The file downloads and installs itself with Safari quit. But YouTube videos and other flash-based pages still proclaim “blocked plug-in.”

    What next?

  • Bracken

    I already updated my flash player and it still is blocked – I am stuck in a loop!! Should I uninstall and re-install flash? Thanks!

  • Bob Ellis

    I too have been experiencing the Missing Plug-in and Blocked Plug-in error messages using Safari. I have tried to uninstall and reinstall the latest version of Flash Player to no avail. I have probably done this at least 6 times. I am running the most recent versions of Mountain Lion and Safari. I have 2 MacBook Pros and they are both experiencing identical problems. (One is a 2009 15″ model and the other is a new Retina 15″ MacBook Pro.)

    By the way, initially FireFox was giving me the same messages, but now it is working just fine – on both machines.

    I have seen other postings around the web by others experiencing problems similar to mine, but no good suggestions yet.

    • ernesto salcido

      reboot your pc
      >

  • Bianca

    I have this problem after I upgraded my iMac to mountain lion. i’ve been trying to upgrade my flash from the given link but what I got was a black out screen and it didnt work. so i just just chrome and it works out fine. but Im still looking for ways to solve it as I prefer safari to chrome.

    anyway, I also have a 13″ 2009 macbook pro but that one doesnt experience this pulg in block problem.

  • http://mountainlion DALE GRANETZ

    I HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR THE PAST 2 DAYS TO DOWNLOAD FLASH ON MOUNTAIN LION AND I GOT BLOCKED PLUG IN. I UNINSTALLED THE OLD VERSION OF FLASH AND NOW I GET PLUG MISSING. IF I TRY TO DOWN LOAD FROM THE KINGSTON RADIO STATION, I GET ONE STARTUP FILE ON MY DOWNLOAD AND IT QUITS. MOUNTAIN LION IS A GOOD OPERATING SYSTEM BUT THEY NEED TO GET THESE BUGS OUT OF IT.

  • rio rivera

    pls how to remove blocked plug in.everytime i want to used my cam or to watched movies..or listening music.it will appear blocked plug in..can u pls fixed it for me..thanks.

  • Marjorie de Hartog

    I see that this has been an ongoing problem for some time. Why is there still no solution? I have a MacAir (2012) and for the last several weeks have been unable to access several websites that I follow. This problem really needs to be resolved (it’s infuriating…)
    And yes, if I’ve already made this comment, why do I have to make it again? Action please – somebody!

  • Marjorie de Hartog

    I see that this has been an ongoing problem for some time. Why is there still no solution? I have a MacAir (2012) and for the last several weeks have been unable to access several websites that I follow. This problem really needs to be resolved (it’s infuriating…)

  • Carlos

    Hi there,

    The same is happening with Java Plug-in, however even, after downloading it (jre-7u10-macosx-x64.dmg) and installing it, Safari Keeps Blocking it.

    Does any one knows what’s going on? Mac and its monopoly is driving me crazy.

    Thank you in advance for you help.

  • Lisa

    I get blocked plug-in message for Java. I updated and installed the latest from Oracle and STILL get the message. I reset Safari and I made sure plug-ins were allowed. Any help please?

    • ca_ba

      Hi there,

      Yes, it is currently being blocked and not a fix yet, since there is a critical security risk that (Oracle seems has not yet resolved it). Please, read this article fully:

      http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/14/us-java-oracle-security-idUSBRE90C0JB20130114

      Until then, this may be blocked by Apple, and currently, the only way to stop seen this blocking applet would by by reversing (disable/enable) to the previous Java; I would not recommend that though, because of its security risk.

      Be patient, and let’s hope Oracle developers will release a fix for such a concern soon.

      I hope this may help.

      Ca_Ba

  • Richard

    I have tried all of this and none of it works. The next time I get a notice to upgrade Java I will not do it because this is the second time I have been blocked from things I enjoy doing on Yahoo Games because I updated stuff. I will upgrade when the new version comes out because that will fix the current problem.

  • Alicia

    I have done the upgrade adobe flash player and I still have the message blocked plug in! I can not play and games or view any videos! Now what? Very frustrating!

    • DALE GRANETZ

      I HAVE UPDATED JAVA ON SAFARI AND DOWNLOADED THE FLIP4 PALYER AND I STILL CANT DOWNLOAD THE FLASH PLAYER. I’VE DELETED THE OLD VERSION OF FLASH AND NOW I GET PLUG MISSING. I’VE TRIED TO DOWNLOAD FROM ADOBE SITE SEVERAL TIMES AND I GET 1 FILE AND THATS IT. I USE THE FLASH PLAYER TO GET SOME OF THE WEB RADIO STATIONS. I WAS GOING TO DOWNLOAD CHROME TO GET FLASH BUT I THOUGHT IT MIGHT MESS UP THE DRIVERS FOR ITUNES STATIONS.

  • nothappywithapple

    OMG I freaking hate this crap! I can’t always close my web browsers, ALL of them, to update flash! Sometimes people need to do things on their own freaking schedule and have a browser freaking work. NOT have Apple say, sorry close everything down and update now, or your browser won’t work. It’s a jackass thing to do. Ugh, no wonder Safari is at the BOTTOM of browser marketshare.

    • DALE GRANETZ

      I WENT INTO THE SECURITY AND CHANGED THE SETTING FROM APPLE DOWNLOADS TO ACCEPT ALL DOWNLOADS AND THE FLASH PLAYER DOWNLOADED ALL RIGHT AND I AM USING MICROSOFT RADIO STATIONS.

  • Amanda Brackman

    I get the Blocked plug in when I try run a Facebook Games and TV Films off i dont know and dont understand. pls can help me fix. Flash player. Thanks very much.

    • http://mountainlion DALE GRANETZ

      I WENT INTO THE SECURITY VAULT AND CHANGED THE SETTING FROM MAC APPLE STORE AND ASSOCIATES TO ALL DOWNLOADS AND I WAS ABLE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLASH PLAYER AND IT WORKS.

      • Jeri Borton

        > HOW Do you get to the security vault to do this Dan?

  • Jeri Borton

    I can no longer play FV2 and I am a handicapped person who loves this game. I am so upset with Apple about this. Blocked Plugin. Sad. So sad.

  • http://mountainlion DALE GRANETZ

    TO DOWNLOAD THE FLASH PLAYER
    1 CLICK THE GEAR ICON TO GET INTO THE APPLE TOOL BOX
    2 SELECT THE TOOL AND PRIVACY ICON
    3 ALLOW APPLICATIONS DOWNLOADED FROM
    MAC APPLE STORE
    MAC APPLE STORE AND IDENTIFIED DEVELOPERS
    ANYWHERE
    CLICK THE PADLOCK IN THE BOTTOM LEFT HAND CORNER AND SELECT ANYWHERE AND CLICK THE LOCK CLOSED AGAIN. YOU NOW SHOULD BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLASH PLAYER.

    • Minnow pea

      Can you please tell me where the Tool and Privacy icon is?? And by Gear Box do you mean ‘System preferences’? I can’t find anything like you describe.

      Shocked to find that this issue was first reported several months ago – this is the first and last Apple device I will buy – feeling stitched up! How dare they leave their customers in this predicament for so long – arrogance in the extreme.

      • DALE GRANETZ

        SELECT THE METAL WHEEL ICON ON YOUR TASK BAR AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN AND CLICK ON IT. THEN SELECT THE HOUSE ICON THAT SAYS SECURITY AND PRIVACY AND IT WILL LET YOU CHANGE THE SETTING FROM MAC APPLE STORE AND ASSOCIATES TO ANY WHERE BY CLICKING THE PADLOCK IN THE BOTTOM LEFT HAND CORNER OF THE PAGE.

  • Amanda Brackman

    please can you help me fix. iplayer not playing on mac. why Blocked in plug fix tv and films and Facebook Games
    Thanks

  • http://www.virginmedia.com Barry

    Hi, I seem to be having problem with my emails on above site using Safari on a Ipad2.
    Can only delete emails one at a time, multiple deletion required for Spam etc, and can now only empty the bin one at a time. Tried putting a tick in all boxes, but if you miss one and highlight the email all the ticks are removed. I seem to find a new problem each day, maybe it’s not Safari can anyone please advise.
    Many Thanks

  • ron

    i updated my flash player and disabled my firewall and checked all da boxes in my preferences and still get blocked plug in

  • Melody

    Were is Apple in this. No help to resolve and I have found postings back to last April. Very upset about this .

  • Verlinda

    When downloading pictures how do I select multiple pictures on a mac?

  • Cyndi

    Tried doing everything you suggested but I am still receiving ‘blocked popup msg’ and and can’t access these sites so far – any other suggestions? never had this problem before…….

  • Briege Colville

    I have followed your instructions to the letter but plugins still blocked.

  • John

    The real reason why Apple does’t like Flash is because it is made by their competition – Adobe. They want you to use their software instead. I loved Steve Jobs but he was lying when he said that’s the reason why they didn’t like Flash. Any of those security issues could have and would have been fixed by Adobe if Apple would have cooperated with them. That sucks that people were creating malware disguised as Adobe Flash Updates, but there are lots of things like that out there on the internet. It’s a dangerous place and people need to learn to surf smarter and make sure that they are getting updates from the company that releases them. There are easy ways to verify that you are. There are also lots of phishing sites out there that fool people everyday, so people should simply surf smarter, so don’t blame that on Flash. As for Flash making macs crash, that is pure BS and maybe the biggest lie ever told by Jobs. I’ve used macs for half my life and none of them ever crashed from Flash. What does crash a whole heck of a lot is some of the software made by Apple, like Final Cut Pro and Garageband.