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Replace Adobe Reader to Improve Security?

by endoftheline2 / April 26, 2010 2:57 PM PDT

I've been hearing people say they replace adobe reader as their PDF reader and use another program because of all the security loop holes that are always coming up with adobe reader(There are patches, but there's new holes found all the time)

I'm wondering if in the bigger picture this would really improve security, or if you would still be subject to basically the same security loop holes that need the constant patching because of still needing to have adobe flash 10 installed.

What do people think about his?

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I' ve put in two patches [Adobe 9.3.2]
by Darrell / April 26, 2010 10:45 PM PDT

There is another on filehippo.com, below adobe acrobat. If you are using OpenOffice.org - a lot of documents can be converted to .pdf.
Also their is one item that has that will patch anything - I have nine patched programs called http://secunia.com/, I have the PSI on my toolbar that automatically patches insecure programs including Adobe Reader. Darrell

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Other PDF Readers Have Also Had Recent Problems
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 27, 2010 2:09 AM PDT

Clearly Adobe Reader is the most commonly used and may be attacked because of such, but I'm not sure that it's "unsafe".. There are other readers such as the Foxit PDF reader, and some like it better than Adobe because it's a little "leaner" but as you'll see at the link below, the latest vulnerability was patched in Foxit during the month of March or April 2010.


It's your choice....

Hope this helps.


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pdf reader alternatives
by davidwholt / April 27, 2010 8:05 AM PDT
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Adobe Reader
by chefandre2041 / April 30, 2010 11:08 AM PDT

Hi, i have tried to download update but it keeps saying ERROR 1500.I have tried to uninstall but it wont let me.I have Vista Home with AMD PHENOM quad core.I have had nothing but trouble with it since Sept when it was bought for me from (not so friendly guys MESH)Had to send back in nov,came back with new bits in it and still did not install Vista properly.Tried WIN 7 Update would not work,cost me over

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You may have to delete all of the old Adobe Reader
by Darrell / April 30, 2010 1:58 PM PDT
In reply to: Adobe Reader

Then go to hhtp://adoe.com and download the lastest with one fix - Adobe Reader 9.3.1 fix to get Adobe reader 9.3.2/ They also have a removal tool for Adobe Reader. Darrell

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