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Do I have to upgrade from Adobe Reader 7 to Reader 9?


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#1 Lloyd T

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 11:04 PM

I use IE6 and Firefox 3. Do I have to? What are the up's and down's?

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 04:46 PM

Er...anyone?

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 05:01 PM

The usual resons for the upgrades are either product enhancement or to fix security flaws/ I'll try to take a look a bit later when I can and see what they actually are.
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 07:30 PM

http://www.doecirc.energy.gov/ciac/bulletins/t-020.shtml
T-020: Security Update for Adobe Reader 8 and Acrobat 8
November 6, 2008 14:00 GMT
Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Reader and Acrobat 8.1.2 and earlier versions. These vulnerabilities would cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
PLATFORM: Adobe Reader 8.1.2 and earlier versions Adobe Acrobat Professional, 3D and Standard 8.1.2 and earlier versions
DAMAGE: DoS and could potentiallly allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
SOLUTION: Upgrade to the appropriate version.

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 07:53 PM

Can I upgrade without downloading it from the Adobe website (so that I don't have to install the add-ons) or do I have no choice?

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 08:28 PM

It's been some time (July) since I installed the Reader. Best I remember, I downloaded and then went to Add/Remove and removed the "update installer" and another program they added that I don't remember the name of. The only thing showing now in Add/Remove is "Adobe Reader".
No big thing.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 03:41 PM

So I should remove Adobe AIR, Acrobat.com and getPlus for Adobe?

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 04:12 PM

Yes, just leave the Adobe Reader in Add/Remove.

A suggestion--open Adobe Reader and click on EDIT, click on PREFERENCES, under the heading Application Startup, UNcheck CHECK FOR UPDATES

After removing the programs from Add/Remove you may still have a shortcut on your desktop for Acrobat.com. Right click on it and delete.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 04:15 PM

OK, I'll work on that later.

Why do I have to uncheck check for updates?

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 04:34 PM

You don't "have to". Unchecking will stop Adobe Reader from calling home every time it starts up. Since it seldom updates, just check once a month for updates. I don't recall Adobe updating since I installed it in July.

I use Secunia usually once a month after getting Windows updates to check all my programs. Works for me--might not work for you. Up to you to decide.
http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 05:56 PM

Well, how about getPLus for Adobe? I've googled it and came back here telling me that it's a vital piece of the Reader.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 06:14 PM

See Post #9 in this link http://www.adobeforums.com/webx/.3c059ad1

GETPLUS is a piece of BLOAT that Adobe adds to their products - In Other Words, it is NOT Necessary.

GetPlus = DELETE IT.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 07:54 PM

OK, I've just updated.

But where's the Application Startup menu? It's not in Preferences...

I'll be uninstalling getPlus, please wait...

EDIT:

I've just uninstaled it from the Control Panel and the Firefox Add-on Manager. Hopefully, it didn't leave pieces of it...

Unfortunately, I didn't do this:

To totally get rid of it, open a COMMAND window in c:\Windows and CD up to "\Downloaded Program Files"

Do a DIR and find the file GP.INF - Open it and find LOCATION of GP.OCX.

Then DELETE GP.INF and find GP.OCX in the c:\Windows\System area of files and delete THAT as well.

When you are done open REGEDIT and locate any references to GP.INF or GP.OCX and delete THOSE as well.

I need some help and supervision on this one.

Edited by Lloyd T, 02 December 2008 - 08:01 PM.


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Posted 02 December 2008 - 08:29 PM

QUOTE ME: "A suggestion--open Adobe Reader and click on EDIT, click on PREFERENCES, under the heading Application Startup, UNcheck CHECK FOR UPDATES"

Is that what you are asking about?? Once you have clicked on edit and preferences, just scroll down to the heading and beneath that will be Check for updates that you uncheck the box next to and then click OK at the bottom of the page to exit.

If you uninstalled Getplus using the Add/Remove program, that should be good enough.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 09:16 PM

Ok, I've just disabled Check for Updates. Thanks!




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