Downloaded registry cleaner and got a surprise in that after the cleaner had finished it came up showing that there were over 1000 items needed repairing. This did not make sense bcs I have a reg cleaner other than that installed and whenever I do a scan with that cleaner it does not show up anything like the one suggested, Having said that, to do repairs it turns out that I would have to purchase which to me is a scam. I gave it a miss and sticking to the one I have installed.
I use a program called Secunia PSI which shows all programs installed and it showed Adobe Flash Player giving the path. The path turned out to be
c:\windows\last good\system 32\macromedia\flash\flash9d.ocx
Had a look at this file and wondered what it was all about. Took my chances,
decided to delete but not before backup of my registry
Having deleted found the following file during investigation
Having downloaded this file, uninstalled the adobe flash player which was being shown in add/remove and ran the zip file shown above.
Rebooted and since then all is well. The only thing is, the fact that I do not reside in UK it is not possible to view video files provided by ITV. The fact is that adobe flash player is definitely installed correctly and working.
Perhaps it might not make sense but unable to input further being a novice who decided to be adventurous.
Your efforts appreciated