Brad Reed on the scourge known as Adobe Flash:
For the past several months, I’ve been unable to surf the web on my MacBook Air without having it sound like a rocket ship taking off. While things weren’t quite that bad on my Windows 8.1 desktop PC, I still had to deal with my fair share of slow loading times and Shockwave crashes that would regularly drive me up the wall.
The problem? Flash uses plenty of CPU and RAM, and that causes many notebooks to power up the fan to keep their cool.
Ever since disabling Flash, pages load faster, tabs don’t crash whenever Shockwave decides to soil itself, and my Mac no longer sounds like it’s about to explode. But those weren’t the only good side effects from disabling Flash: I also found that killing this horrible plugin killed some of the things I hated most about surfing the web with it.