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Nikilet Adobe Reader 9.2
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This appears in both IE8 and Firefox as insecure with no solution and a category 5 threat.

I have read that Foxit Reader is a simple and good alternative to this program.

However, I just read in this forum somewhere that Foxit was showing up as a category 4 threat.

In addition, I have googled this and I don't know how I would install this Foxit for Firefox. I can find it for Windows. I think I would like to remove this Adobe Reader and go with Foxit but I can't seem to find any good answers about installing it on Firefox. Can someone help or direct me where to go?

Maurice Joyce RE: Adobe Reader 9.2
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IE8 & Firefox do not figure with Foxit. Foxit is a free PDF reader that replaces the Adobe Reader & can be used with either. Below is my standard Adobe post.

I have just run a scan and there is no Cat5 vulnerability with IE8 - there is a browser vulnerability we have discussed before. Cannot help with Firefox - do not use 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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Nikilet RE: Adobe Reader 9.2
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Am I understanding correctly that I do NOT want to install the Firefox plugin?

I started the installation and chose custom, but was given no option to de-select Ask.com or shortcut to eBay.

The first window said that setup would install Foxit Reader with Foxit Toolbar on my computer. It listed all the new features. When I got to the window to select installation type I selected Custom. I came to the page where it has Desktop Setttings and you can de-select the desktop icon, etc., and below that you can de-select the Firefox plugin, but when you click Next, then it's just ready to install.
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Nikilet RE: Adobe Reader 9.2
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Since posting I've been doing some googling on Foxit and the way it sounds to me it's about impossible to install this program without the Ask Toolbar. Many comments are not favorable. I believe one comment was that Foxit has become crapware.

I went to the link you gave for other PDF readers. I thought the PDF XChange Viewer sounded about the best of the free programs given in the link you provided. May I ask what you would suggest?
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Maurice Joyce RE: Adobe Reader 9.2
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I have installed Foxit on all local peoples PC's who have asked for a replacement.

If U follow my instructions U can avoid the "add ons". Failing that, the toolbar is standalone in add/remove & can be easily removed after the install.

I have not tested others so cannot comment.

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Nikilet RE: Adobe Reader 9.2
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I installed Foxit. The only thing I did differently from your instructions was to run the installer as administrator. I don't know if that was necessary but I read in a couple of different places that installing Foxit on Vista was a little bit different situation and it was suggested to run it as administrator.

I happened to have a pdf file on my desktop that I opened after installing, and then I opened a pdf from within Firefox and that went ok. I did have to uninstall the Ask toolbar in Firefox. Haven't actually checked Add/Remove programs yet to see if it's there.

Thanks for your help.
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mostafaatteya RE: Adobe Reader 9.2
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on 17th Dec, 2009 00:48, Maurice Joyce wrote:
IE8 & Firefox do not figure with Foxit. Foxit is a free PDF reader that replaces the Adobe Reader & can be used with either. Below is my standard Adobe post.

I have just run a scan and there is no Cat5 vulnerability with IE8 - there is a browser vulnerability we have discussed before. Cannot help with Firefox - do not use 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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mostafaatteya RE: Adobe Reader 9.2
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on 17th Dec, 2009 00:48, Maurice Joyce wrote:
IE8 & Firefox do not figure with Foxit. Foxit is a free PDF reader that replaces the Adobe Reader & can be used with either. Below is my standard Adobe post.

I have just run a scan and there is no Cat5 vulnerability with IE8 - there is a browser vulnerability we have discussed before. Cannot help with Firefox - do not use 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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mostafaatteya RE: Adobe Reader 9.2
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on 16th Dec, 2009 20:39, Nikilet wrote:
This appears in both IE8 and Firefox as insecure with no solution and a category 5 threat.

I have read that Foxit Reader is a simple and good alternative to this program.

However, I just read in this forum somewhere that Foxit was showing up as a category 4 threat.

In addition, I have googled this and I don't know how I would install this Foxit for Firefox. I can find it for Windows. I think I would like to remove this Adobe Reader and go with Foxit but I can't seem to find any good answers about installing it on Firefox. Can someone help or direct me where to go?

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Maurice Joyce RE: Adobe Reader 9.2
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@mostafaatteya

Why do U keep pressing the quote button & then say nothing?

U are filling our mail boxes with junk mail.

If U have a problem click reply & type in the details of what help U want.

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