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Forum Thread: PDF Readers instead of Adobe ?

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barbareska PDF Readers instead of Adobe ?
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Ive read that neither adobe is safe nor windows internet explorer, therefore my question: makes it sense to install PDF instead of Adobe ?I run the scan of secunia every day to get sure to stay safe - tthank you for helping me !
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mogs RE: PDF Readers instead of Adobe ?
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I don't use it much; Foxit Reader is smaller 2.02kb...8kb on disc. Recommended by others on the forum.

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Maurice Joyce RE: PDF Readers instead of Adobe ?
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Does This help?

Adobe Reader.
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Works with Windows XP,Vista & Windows 7 32 & 64 bit systems.

When the Adobe free PDF Reader is downloaded it also installs the following programmes:

1. Adobe.com
2. Adobe Air (It has a Flash element)
3. A Google Toolbar if U do not opt out at the download stage.

These additional elements are not required to make Adobe Reader work therefore if U do not use or know what they do go to Control Panel>add/remove & uninstall them.

If U only use Adobe Reader to read web pages or email attachments U do not have to use Adobe Reader either. The Adobe Reader link splattered all over the web saying "To read this article U require Adobe Reader" is utter nonsense. U really require a suitable PDF reader.

Under these circumstance there are far faster,smaller by download size (Adobe is 35.7MB - Foxit,for example,is only 5.04MB) & more secure free alternatives.

If your choice is to continue using Adobe Reader U can:
1. Close all/as many programmes you can.
2. Open the Reader>click on the "Help" tab (top left of the page)> from the drop down menu select>check for updates.
3. Install any that appear.

If that fails try this:
1.Select>Repair Adobe Reader Installation>let it run.
2. Reboot & then run a full PSI scan.

If that fails this site gives the latest downloads & explains the rather odd way Adobe conduct their update business.

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp...


U may also find another programme in add/remove called Adobe Download Manager. The vendor is NOS systems. It is not required to successfully download any Adobe product & can be safely removed.

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ALTERNATIVE READERS
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The most popular appears to be Foxit - details here:
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/
If U do decide to use Foxit Reader I would strongly advise U use the CUSTOM install. Using this method gives U the opportunity to prevent the following additional "bits" being installed:

Desktop Shortcut
Quick Launch Bar
Firefox Plug In
Ask.com
Shortcut to Ebay.
Despite your best efforts U may well find a Foxit Toolbar has been installed. This can be checked & removed by a visit to Control Panel>add/remove.

@puget1 recently introduced a real gem on this Forum that, in my view after testing, is better than Foxit. The link is here:

http://www.docu-track.com/downloads/users/

Unlike Foxit there are no add on's - it is easy to use & has 32 or 64 bit versions. It also has a portable version if U prefer not to have a PDF Reader permanently installed on your main drive.


More readers are available here:
http://pdfreaders.org/


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Anthony Wells RE: PDF Readers instead of Adobe ?
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Hello Barbareska ,

The up to date version of Adobe Reader is v9.3.0.148 ; if you have that version showing in the "Aktualisiert/patched" tab you do not need to use Maurice's Joyce's update instructions for now .

You should definitely use them when Adobe Reader shows in the "unsicher/insecure" tab .

No browser is 100% secure - each person has their own preference - how you use it for surfing the web is what matters .

Ask if anything is not clear .

Take care
Anthony

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barbareska RE: PDF Readers instead of Adobe ?
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hi anthony,
Ill do as you told me - the other advices are rather complicated and then I can say - Ive done to a T !
thanks barbareska

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barbareska RE: PDF Readers instead of Adobe ?
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hi MOGS,
thank you for your quick answer ! barbareska

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barbareska RE: PDF Readers instead of Adobe ?
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hi maurice,
thank you for your long explanation - but Im a bloody beginner and so it was too "high" for me - nevertheless thanks a lot !
barbareska

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