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Adobe acrobat 5.0

I have a Toshiba Satellite A35-S159 laptop with windows xp and intel pentium 4 processor which has adobe acrobat 5.0 installed on it. According to add/remove programs it has not been used
since 2003 and when I goodled it I found there was an update on cnet. I downloaded the update but received a warning message......Setup has determined that there is no product installed to update and the program terminated.

1. I don't understand how it can show in add/delete programs but apparently isn't there due to the warning message.

2. When I go to start/all programs/ shows as adobe "reader" 5.0

Would appreciate if someone would explain because I thought adobe acrobat and adobe reader were 2 different things.

Thanks for your help.

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Re: adobe acrobat

Acrobat (the pdf creator program) has never been free (on the contrary, rather expensive). So it's quite unlikely that it's that program.

Indeed, it's quite possible (but I can't check) that older versions of the reader called themselves Acrobat reader. I think that's the case with you.

On a 2003 machine, I can't really advise to download the latest version (9.4). They keep growing bigger and bigger.


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Adobe acrobat 5.0/Adobe reader 5.0

Thanks for your response. I took a chance and downloaded reader 9.4 because I needed
to print out a form and couldn't do it w/5.0 and was unable to update 5.0. After downloading and accepting agreement I received a response: Acrobat plugin-Could not find acrobat external window handler. Went to start/all programs/adobe reader 9.0/help/repair installation of adobe reader. It seems to have worked and I was now able to print

Now I'm wondering if I can go to add/remove programs and remove adobe acrobat 5.0
without causing a program with my computer or the new 9.0 download. Please advise and again thanks.

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Re: uninstall 5.0

Should work. It are fully separate version. To be sure: make a restore point before you uninstall.


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removing adobe acrobat 5.0

I made a restore point and removed from add/remove programs. It said: " unistall
completed. Some elements could not be removed. You should manually remove
items related.....".then the laptop just turned itself off. I powered it up and
seems to be working fine. It's not listed in add/remove programs or in the
start/all programs menu. Do I need to bother "manually removing items related..."?
Not even sure where to look for them...Or should I just ignore remark??

Thanks again.

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Re: removing acrobat 5.0

You can have a look in the c:\program files\adobe folder. If there's still a subfolder like "Acrobat 5.0" (above a subfolder like "Acrobat 9" or "Reader 9") you can delete that manually into the recycle bin.


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Adobe 5.0 removed

Thanks again. I checked and it looks like it's ALL GONE. Thanks for your help.

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I do not use Adobe Reader

I do not even use Adobe reader anymore (2007). As it as a resource hog. Also it is one of the most common programs that malware writers will write for their 'fun'.

I do use Foxit Reader to read any PDF files. It more 'secure' than Adobe.

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Adobe reader now 9.0 to Foxit Reader

Thanks for the info. I get a newsletter from Kim Komando and I remember reading
something about people switching to Foxit. Also, when I downloaded Reader 9.0,
I received Adobe Air and Adobe Flash Player 10 Active X. Have no idea what
Adobe Air is and now when I think of it, isn't Flash Player usually the cause
of some of that malware? Will have to look into Foxit and see if Adobe Air and
Flash Player should be removed.

Thanks again for your response.

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Adobe Air Can Be Removed But As To Flash...

...if you want to view videos at most websites such as Youtube, etc., then you'll want to leave Flash installed.. Yes, it's important to keep it up to date as vulnerabilities do come up, but in general you'll probably want to keep it on the machine.

Hope this helps.....


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