This post on Beth’s blog reminded me why a few weeks ago I removed Adobe Acrobat . My machine slowed down then appeared to almost freeze, yet all the app’s I was using were working fine. It turned out that Adobe Updater, installed by Acrobat Acrobat, had crashed in the background.
I restarted and ran it to see if Reader did need updating. The only results were recommendations to download other applications I didn’t want. Add that hassle to a bloated reader that I only use to read PDF documents and it was time to try an alternative.
Sometime ago a commenter here recommended an alternative so now I use Foxit Reader. It’s a free PDF Reader that loads really fast, appears to render documents just fine, doesn’t run updaters that crash or nag me to download junk I don’t want. Hardest part of the change was learning to look for a new icon for PDF files.
Beth's CAD Blog: Adobe Security Warning
You may have received an email about this. If you haven't, you might want to check your version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Be warned though that you should be careful when downloading this. Adobe is one of several software vendors that is including Google or Yahoo Toolbars with downloads. Most people fly through dialog boxes clicking "Next" and not paying enough of attention…