Kill the Flash plugin with BashFlash
It’s no secret, I hate Flash. It’s the plastic pink flamingos of the web but worse, it’s crass, it’s loud, it’s obnoxious, it will crash your web browser, and on a Mac it is a literal drag on the machine, sucking up the CPU and memory as if there’s no tomorrow. Adobe really laid a pile of dung with Flash on the Mac, which is probably why Apple won’t allow Flash to run on the iPhone or the new iPad. Anyway, enough of my opinions and ranting about the Flash problem, here’s some solutions:
I am a huge fan of ClickToFlash, the Safari plugin that prevents all Flash from loading unless you approve it. But what if you allow a Flash object to load with ClickToFlash and it goes crazy? Now comes BashFlash, a perfect compliment to ClickToFlash. BashFlash is a little menubar extra that automatically warns you if Flash is taking up too many CPU cycles (usually is) and lets you kill the Flash culprit instantly. Hooray! Your web browsing experience is normal again!
The only bad thing about BashFlash is that it requires a 64 bit Mac, but this is because 64-bit Safari forces Flash to run within it’s own process ID on 64 bit systems (interesting, I learn something new every day!), allowing BashFlash to target the resource hogging process and end it instantly.