Uninstall Adobe Reader/Acrobat???

@LadyMarissa (12160)
United States
February 27, 2009 8:15am CST
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10168266-83.html Adobe Reader & Adobe Acrobat has a MAJOR security flaw that leaves your computer open to attack & takeover. They will not have a fix ready before March 11, 2009. They are suggesting we use another safer reader until they can get the fix in on theirs. Seems that Version 7, 8 & 9 are affected. I've uninstalled my reader waiting on the fix. Since Adobe is all I've ever used, does anybody have a suggestion for another good reader??? Why do you think it is a good one???
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5 responses
@littleowl (7157)
28 Feb 09
Hi LadyM..I haven't got Adobe reader anymore thankfully now you have warned us all, I dont use it so have no use for it, unfortunatly I cannot give you any other name for a reader either as they are of no use to me...hugs littleowl
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@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
2 Mar 09
I don't have it now either!!! I've switched over to foxit as suggested above. So far, I really like it It seems everything I've tried to do lately takes a pdf reader. Anyway, I've taken Adobe off my list of trusted proggies. I couldn't believe that it was going to take them 2 weeks to fix the problem. That's leaving a ton of computers unprotected in the meantime!!!
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I no longer use Adobe Acrobat. I use Foxit Reader and you can download it for free. It takes up SO much less space on the computer, too.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
28 Feb 09
Well so far I haven't had any problems and I have Adobe Reader version 8---also, since I have a Mac computer we're usually 99 percent safe from any viruses that attack PC computers since they are designed to affect PCs rather than Macs...I'm always cautious about opening up ANYTHING, or downloading anything anyway...just in case...I have NO idea about other readers as I've never heard of other types....Adobe is the one that is always used for opening up PDF files---you'll often see the words "One needs Adobe Reader to open this file"--I've never seen anything else
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
2 Mar 09
LOL I just noticed your response to nanajet and how that other reader allows one to create PDF files there....Mac computers allows us to create PDF files through our own system..nah, nah, nah, nah, nah
@emojboy (632)
• Philippines
28 Feb 09
That is really scary. Where did you know that there is a threat in using adobe reader? Me also, I have always used adobe reader and it did not do any harmful things to my desktop computer since from the start. If that is true, one should not do an updates of its adobe reader and blocked all related files from connecting through the internet. Use fox it reader for the mean time, as replacement for adobe reader. I think its an open source program from linux if I am not mistaken and can be use also in windows.
@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I heard of the threat on my local news station. Then i researched it on the net & found the article on cNet confirming what I had heard!!! I'll check out the foxit.
@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
27 Feb 09
That's pretty scary when even our document readers can be infected! What in the world is wrong with people that they want to infect and take over other peoples' computers?! I have version 7.0 so I'm safe, although it's prompted me many times to download newer versions. Thank you for the warning!
@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I thought they had said it was Versions 7, 8 & 9 that were affected. So you may want to check into it further. Like a lot of other things in life & myLot, I just don't understand the thrill to harm people you don't even know & probably will never meet. Maybe in 2 weeks I'll reinstall Adobe. But, for now, I think I'll try the foxit suggested below.