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Seems every scan shows an Adobe product apparently 'suspect'...
and I download a new version ans it STILL shows as 'insecure'?
I use this stuff so rarely, I wdnder if I should just REMOVE all the Adobe crap and stop the insanity?
What gives?

Maurice Joyce RE: Adobe...
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U have hit the nail on the head. This Forum is littered with problems on security issues with Adobe products. All can be fixed but to help U could you please go to add/remove & tell me exactly what programmes U have installed.

Examples could be Adobe Air,Adobe.com,Adobe Download Manager,Shockwave,Flash & Adobe Reader.

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courtenayguy RE: Adobe...
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I have the following Adobe stuff on my control panel {add/remove}:
Acrobat.com
Adobe Air
Adobe Flash Player 10 ActiveX
Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin
Adobe Media Player
Adobe Reader 9.1 {which I removed and reinstalled just this morning from their site}

As far as I'm concerned, they're 'pushing' McAfee on a trial basis when you update, and that's probably the only change in their stuff!
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Maurice Joyce RE: Adobe...
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OK - Here are my two bog standard answers to post on this issue which should clear up all your problems/help U decide if U wish to migrate from Adobe. For what it is worth I would not touch free Adobe products with a bargepole except Flash where there is no real alternatve!

Flash Player


To remove all versions of Flash from the C drive of your PC:


1. Download & use the flash Uninstaller from here:

#####Before actually running the uninstaller it is a good idea to close all browsers,PSI and any other programme U think may be using Flash #####

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/141/tn_14157.html

2. Reboot to clear out any left over ocx files.

3. Rescan using PSI - if there are any insecure Flash elements left what is the path to them? U should not proceed to stage 4 until all U clear any problems found.(The PSI overview page may look a little odd because it uses Flash for the pictorials)

Note: At this stage,if PSI finds any elements of Flash in the C:\i386 folder or on any drive other than C that is an OEM reinstallation partition (normally D drive) or a drive U use solely to backup your work U can safely create an ignore rule.


4. Reinstall the latest Internet Explorer Flash Player from here:

http://www.filehippo.com/download_flashplayer_ie/

4A.If U are also using Firefox, Opera and other Gecko-based browsers U need this link as well:

http://www.filehippo.com/download_flashplayer_fire...

5. Go to add/remove & double check Adobe have not installed the useless Adobe Download Manager - if U see an entry remove it.


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

Adobe.com
Adobe Air (It has a Flash element)
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 5.04MB) & more secure free alternatives.

The most popular is 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
Firefox Plug In
Ask.com
Shortcut to Ebay.

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

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.

If your choice is still to use Adobe Reader U should refer to this update site:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp...
This site gives the latest downloads & explains the rather odd way Adobe conduct their update business.




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courtenayguy RE: Adobe...
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Looks good...I'll give all of those recommendations a look again on my next PSI scan, should the Adobe stuff show 'exposures'.
Thanks Maurice, appreciated!

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