Wanting to watch a YouTube video forced me to update Adobe’s Flash on my box. Great was my fear and loathing. Armed with my new best (and free) friend, Autoruns, my box is still mine.
I’d previously unchecked (disabled) the Adobe hooks,
See! Still unchecked! (Ok, so it’s the same screenshot as before, but I’m just saving disk space and bandwidth there, trust me) Apparently the uncheck, rather than deleting the entry, was sufficient to neuter the Flash installer’s attempt to re-assert control over my box – it actually wrote the same data to the registry so that if I had disabled it via the usual means, it would have re-enabled itself.