Link! I don't use Adobe because of its footprint.

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  1. ratchet

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  2. Rmus

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    If applications are configured to Prompt for a Download, no drive-by (automatic opening of the file) can occur:

    OperaPDFpref.gif

    OperaDOCpref.gif

    Current PDF drive-by exploit; using Firefox with PDF configured to Prompt:

    PDFpromptFF.gif

    ff-pdfPrompt.gif

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  3. funkydude

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    I wouldn't use the reader because it's a bloated pile of s***. I'm currently using foxit, but a bit suprised that it's not listed in their link? http://pdfreaders.org/
     
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    From the site: "Other proprietary alternatives to Adobe's PDF reader also exist, but like it, their internal working is a a trade secret and these programs do not respect your right to control your own privacy and data." I do believe Foxit falls into this category. Which would explain why it isn't listed in that page.
     
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    That's why I've stayed with the earlier version 6. Removing all but the 3 necessary plugins and turning off the splash screen, It loads in less than two seconds and functions just as a basic reader.

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    Dumped their PDF reader for Foxit. Its an updating resource hog soon as you use it - totally hindering its functionality.

    They Sux
     
  7. Boost

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    Not sure why anyone uses adobe anymore,as already mentioned there's a ton of free pdf viwers available and are ALOT lighter on resources.
     
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    ///ton of free pdf viwers///
    Plz give 1 k.g off that viwers.:D

    Links plz...:-*
     
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    F-Secure advises against using Adobe Reader

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    please suggest me a portable reader that can integrate into firefox for fast inbuilt firefox viweing. I am using adobe reader portable now , but that does not have firefox plugin for viewing.
     
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    Foxit has a firefox plugin.
     
  13. Rmus

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    In my Post #2 above I have screenshots of Firefox configuration for action with PDF files. However, subsequent tests have shown that
    this setting does not work against the drive-by attack in some cases. So please disregard that information.

    For some reason I cannot edit that post - I guess time has expired - so I started a new thread and went into more detail about disabling Plugins as a security measure:

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=240811

    In other places I've shown that these exploits are easy to block with proper user procedures and security software in place.

    Nonetheless, since there is room for user error, and in case anyone has even the slightest doubt about feeling secure, I'll join those who are recommending using another Reader.

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