Towards that end you may have read about the pre-release of Flash player 10.1 and decided to install it for the possible improvements in performance.
If you then decide to uninstall it, ha ha! You can't! Sorry!
Update: there is a uninstaller available, it is not included in the installer package. Read on for manual un-installation instructions, but use of the uninstaller is recommended. My apologies for the confusion. I wrongly assumed that Adobe would package an uninstaller with the installer, as that is what most Mac developers do when they offer an uninstaller. I regret the error.
Fortunately it can be removed by what I like to call "brute force."
- Quit all browsers
- Go to /Library/Internet Plug-Ins in Finder and delete the "Flash Player.plugin" and "flashplayer.xpt"
- Download the latest stable version of Flash player (which will download a file called "install_flash_player_osx_ub.dmg")
- Double-click "install_flash_player_osx_ub.dmg" which should open "/Volumes/Install Flash Player 10 UB" where you will find a file called "Adobe Flash Player.pkg"
- Control (right) click on "Adobe Flash Player.pkg" and choose "Show Package Contents".
- Open the "Contents" folder
- Drag the "Archive.pax.gz" file to your Desktop
- Double click on the "Archive.pax.gz" file to unarchive it, which will create a folder called "Archive"
- Open the "Archive" folder and locate the "Flash Player.plugin" and "flashplayer.xpt" files.
- Copy the "Flash Player.plugin" and "flashplayer.xpt" files to /Library/Internet Plug-Ins (you can then throw away the Archive folder on your Desktop, as well as Archive.pax.gz if it is still there.)
- Launch Safari and check your Flash version here. As of this writing, the current stable version is "10,0,32,18"
- (Optional) Install ClickToFlash so that Flash will only load when you want it to.
Some of you may be wondering why I didn't just delete the files from /Library/Internet Plug-ins/ and then run the installer for the stable version. I tried that, but the installer still insisted that there was a newer version installed, even after a reboot.
My advice is to keep using the stable version (with ClickToFlash) for now.