Chrome users often have to face the following error: unresponsive: Shockwave Flash. Since this element is instrumental in loading a lot of the website content you see online, it cannot be discarded either. Read on if you are wondering how to fix Shockwave Flash crashes in your browser.
Why Chrome has this problem
Chrome has issues running the shockwave flash component, unlike other browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, etc). The reason is that this application has an inbuilt version of Shockwave Flash. The reason you needed the plugin in the first place was that it is required in another browser that you are using in the PC.
In Chrome, the two clash, and conflicts arise which lead to the problems you have to face. And you only need one of them for the browser to load the flash elements on pages you visit.
You can check the plugins installed in the browser, by visiting about:plugins from the omnibar. The page that comes up will have all the information on the installed plugins. Find any entry labeled Adobe Flash Player, Shockwave Flash, or something similar. If there is more than one entry, you have the multiple plugins installed under Shockwave Flash. Select one and click Details on the top right of the page.
Now, you will see the filename for the plugin, as well as its location. One of these will be stored in the local AppData folder path under your Windows user name. This is the integrated plugin mentioned above. And if there is a clickable Disable link next to both plugins, they’re both active and causing the conflicts which result in the browser crashes. So hit this link for the one you do not want, and chrome will automatically switch to using the one that is remaining.
There is always the chance you will change your mind about this later, in which case, you can go online and get the latest version of the installable plugin. How updated this is will determine the smoothness with which the pages load in your browser, so make sure you get it from the official site.
So, if you are having the same problem again, you know how to fix Shockwave Flash crashes in Chrome. Disable the inbuilt plugin this time so you can use the additional component without disruptions. Disabling does not remove the integrated Shockwave Flash plugin, so you can always switch back to that too.