Adobe aggravation

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  1. acr1965

    acr1965 Registered Member

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    I saw a thread on Wilders this morning about an Adobe 7 security update this morning but cannot find it now. I think it had something to do with a java exploit vulnerability. Will un-ticking the "Enable Acrobat javascript" in preferences fix the problem without having to go through the security update? Version 8 is a behemoth (not that version 7 is small by any means). Is there a better pdf reader available? I have heard foxit is alright and is much smaller. I only use a pdf reader for reading, never writing stuff. Does foxit have the continual security issues that adobe has?

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  2. Rmus

    Rmus Exploit Analyst

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    I couldn't find the thread you refer to, but I ran some tests on this exploit last week:

    pdf file exploits

    If you are interested in just basic reader function, you can move all but the necessary plugins to a different folder, so that they don't load (my solution). This also makes Acrobat load much faster.

    Or there are some other readers available:

    pdf readers


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    -rich

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  3. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    You can indeed disable javascript - will solve most problems.
    Furthermore, you should try Foxit. It's a million times lighter and faster. Adobe Reader takes about 150MB and 430 registry keys to install. Foxit takes 1.5MB and 4.3 keys. A vast clutter reduction.
    Mrk
     
  4. Menorcaman

    Menorcaman Retired Moderator

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    Hello acr1965,

    Perhaps this is the Wilders Security thread you saw earlier:

    <Adobe to issue fixes for dangerous vulnerabilities>

    Regards
     
  5. siliconman01

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    I agree totally. FoxItReader is an excellent replacement for the huge Acrobat Reader. I dumped Adobe about a year ago for FoxIt and am 10000% satisified with my decision. :D
     
  6. lodore

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    i have foxitreader as well and love it
    lodore
     
  7. acr1965

    acr1965 Registered Member

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    Thanks everyone for the replies. I think I'll give foxit a go and see what comes of it.
     
  8. lodore

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    if you like it uninstall all the adobe rubbish.
    lodore
     
  9. acr1965

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    I did and I did. I did not install any of the extras and it still works great.
     
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