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Monday, February 11, 2008

Time to Update Adobe Reader

Regular readers know that I don’t always encourage folks to download updates immediately after they’re released. For instance, tomorrow Microsoft will be releasing a new update that fixes a number of issues. Included are 7 critical fixes and 5 important fixes. I usually recommend waiting 7–10 days just to make sure there aren’t unique problems caused by these updates.

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I do have an exception this week. Adobe has released a fix for their popular Adobe Reader which is used to render PDF files. In the past, Adobe Reader was a program you’d download as needed but PDF files are now so popular it’s extremely likely the Adobe Reader has already been installed on your system.

A number of malicious PDF files have been seen in the wild and we’ve had reports of infection attempts using a vulnerability in Adobe Reader. You can update your system by downloading the new Adobe Reader at

You probably want to uncheck the Photoshop Starter Album

In the grand tradition of companies trying to shove their other products down our throat you’ll see a pre-checked box encouraging you to download the 50 MB Photoshop Album Starter Edition. While this may not be a bad package, I recommend you uncheck the box and concentrate on just updating that Adobe Reader. That way if you do have some kind of problem you’ll know which application introduced the change.

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Anonymous Ben said...

I would suggest people use free Foxit reader I havent used Adobe Reader in years.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

I'd agree with Ben's suggestion that Foxit PDF reader is a compact, fast, free alternative to the slow and ridiculously bloated Adobe product.

3:54 AM  
Anonymous Vernon said...

I just downloaded and installed Foxit reader 2.0 after deleting my Adobe Reader program. Donload size only a little over 2 mb. ALL of the Adobe PDF files read quickly and normally with this reader.

Any comments on any security concerns? I also run Win Patrol Pro and ESET NOD32 AV as well.
Vernon.... here in Michigan.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I was looking through the updated download of adobe reader-
I was using firefox and it offered the PhotoShop Album Starter Edition but it was only 8mb.

Then I went to it on Internet Explorer and instead it offered google toolbar.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another vote for Foxit PDF reader.

10:17 PM  

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