by Grimbles - 6/30/08 2:50 PM
In Reply to: What are plugins? by hikergirl
Hi - Plugins are used in Firefox (and Internet Explorer) to view images, animated graphics, etc. (on a web page) which have been generated by a specific 3rd party application. If your browser (Firefox) does not have the relative plugin you will not be able to view that portion of the page.
The most common would be 'Adobe Flash Player'....In most cases this is a legitimate window and you will be safe installing the plugin.
It is entirely up to you however as to whether or not you deem this necessary...in most cases the main body of the web page will still be displayed okay and the missing 'bits' will not detract from the relevant information. There are occasions, however, when in order to get the most out of a certain web page a plugin must be installed, this is certainly true if you wish to view an embedded movie (usually Adobe Flash Player).
It would be almost 100% certain that the "additional" plugin you require" is for the 'Adobe Flash Player'...I would have absolutely no qualms about installing this.....when you click on the link "Install Missing Plugins", the relevant plugin will be identified.
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