Ask Toolbar? :startled: That must be a recent development. I'd never knowingly recommend software that came bundled with that. So many good free software programs have now been corrupted with that pesky toolbar. My version didn't come with it.
I've done some investigation. You're right. Foxit Reader now does come bundled with Ask Toolbar, and there seems to be no way to install the program without installing it. Grrr. EULA doesn't even mention it's presence, nor do I find mention of it anywhere else on the site. I find that deceitful. While Ask Toolbar isn't 'malicious', users should be allowed the free choice to install it or not, or at least to refuse the installation completely if it comes bundled with it. Were it not for my Firewall alert, I'd would not have known of it's presence until it was too late.
So, I did some searching for other free PDF readers. I found three, but one places a great strain on the CPU, so I'm not going to even mention it as an option. A second came with some sort of Ebay.com thingy, plus it was very awkward to use if you wished to fill out form fields - for instance on tax forms. Again, that is one I cannot recommend.
Then I found another which I CAN recommend. It is reasonably light on resources and does not put undue pressure on the CPU. PDF texts are nice and clear and load pretty quickly, at least those texts I have on my computer. I didn't check how quickly it loaded if the text was straight off the internet. Navigation is straight forward. It takes a bit of adjustment to learn the menu, but no big deal. Fairly straight forward. You can fill in forms that are set up with fields, such as Federal Tax forms. You can highlight the fields, you can clear the form, and you can save the form after data has been entered, and the data will still be there when you reopen the document. However, you cannot type on the page unless fields are present. So, it is not possible, for example, to complete Indiana State Tax forms because they did not create fields in the documents. There is NO advertising with this product.
Free PDF Reader - Version 3.5.90
Found here: http://www.visagesoft.com/products/pdfreader/
Download link is at the bottom of the page at the right. File size is 8.63 MB, which is about a third of the size of the plain Adobe Reader file. Installation is quick and easy. Make sure you close all other window applications before installing.
Orange Blossom Edited to add:
This program also has the tab feature. ~ OB
Edited by Orange Blossom, 23 May 2009 - 12:22 AM.