After update flash player doesn't work most of the time

Hi Folks!
Windows XP
IE 6
About 2 weeks ago I installed a flash player security update and ever since then flash player doesn't work most of the time. On most websites with embeded video all I see is an empty placeholder where the video is supposed to be.
If I go to a site like Youtube all is fine. However, if I go to a site that has embeded a Youtube video all I see is the empty placeholder where the video is supposed to be.
Some folks have recommended I uninstall and download and reinstall. The problem with this is that there isn't *anything* related to Abobe flash player in Add/Remove programs.
Not sure what to do about this (read: I'm totally lost!).
Here's a screencap of the empty placeholder:
http://i27.tinypic.com/2wrdttf.jpg

The standard warranty is for 12 months from the date of purchase, unless you bough AppleCare which would have extended it to 2 years.
If it's out of warranty, then you pay for repairs, and it's expensive. There are 3rd party repairers who are cheaper.
Did you try these?
The Five Rs.
As the previous poster said, it's more than likely a hardware issue, but there's no harm in trying the software fixes before you decide it needs repair.

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