By Tyler Loch
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** Macworld Mac Gems selection **
Detect and stop the Flash plugin on command!
Flash animations and videos are among the top processor hogs on OS X. A single poorly-designed Flash banner - even on an inactive window or tab - can eat up an entire processor with its shady mortgage offers.
Your 5-hour battery life gets cut in half, your laptop runs hotter, and your legs cook to medium-rare.
That's where FlashFrozen can save the day.
FlashFrozen lets you stop the Flash plug-in dead in its tracks — letting your Mac cool down and use less power — giving you more time to do whatever it is that you do. Probably blog or tweet or something.
FlashFrozen lives as a tiny menubar app, monitoring the Flash plug-in. It will warn you (by turning red) if Flash is using a significant chunk of your computer's resources. You can then click on FlashFrozen's menu to immediately stop the Flash plug-in.
Any running Flash content is replaced with the broken plug-in message. Want to get Flash working again? Simply reload the page, or go to a new one. The next time Flash is needed, it'll come back to life.
In AutoKill mode, FlashFrozen actively stops Flash content at all times. Turn this mode on and off at will to save even more battery life.
NOTE: Mavericks' Safari becomes unstable when Flash is repeatedly killed in quick succession, so FlashFrozen's AutoKill mode knows not to affect Safari on Mavericks. In this situation, please use FlashFrozen's standard mode to kill the Flash plugin.
Works with Safari (on 64-bit Macs), Chrome, Opera, and Firefox 4 & up.
What's New in Version 1.3.5
Made some forward-looking UI/compatibility changes.
I find this application extremely useful. When the menubar icon is red, just clicking on it kills Flash. So I set the warning level to 10% and can quickly kill annoying things (like advertisement videos on websites that start playing by themselves even when the page is in the background) with a quick click.
Autokill not working in Safari 8.0 (Yosemite)
With Yosemite, click to kill still works, but autokill no longer works in Safari 8.0. Need an update.
Dont buy if you have OS X Yosemite
Neither Autokill or click to kill work on OS X Yosemite.