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Foxit Reader is real scum...


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#1 TheEgg

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 10:51 AM

By default, this program wants to take control of your computer. Its like a guest using your car then changing all the radio presets to his garbage metal music stations (my apologies if you go for that kind of music) and leaves the radio on and turned up really loud before giving you back the keys.

This is borderline adware in my opinion. It seems to be alright as long as you uncheck all those boxes. I chose Advanced (custom) installation. I feel sorry for all the noobs (most people) though who would probably choose typical installation because it is recommended (software recommends you have adware on your computer) and they think advanced installation would be beyond they're level of expertise.

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I use it because I think its more light weight and better than adobe acrobat reader. But this is the second time I installed this and it really turned me off to seeing what it wanted to do. It almost made me reconsider using it. Perhaps next time I will try something else.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 11:42 AM

Even Adobe tries to slip a toolbar in on you
It has become almost standard practice for any freeware application to do this
2 things most people are guilty of when downloading things
They let the application install what and where it wants to
They never read the EULA. They just click I Agree and continue on
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 12:58 PM

IMO. It is up to the End User not to be click happy when installing.

I remember the stink when Comodo included a toolbar by default in their free vers. install. As Garmanma said, "user beware".
I`ll still use a quality product, Foxit is one of them, IMO. But I always choose a custom install and never install any tool bars. Regardless of their source.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 02:02 PM

It may have become the standard practice, but it doesn't make it right. :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 02:25 PM

It may have become the standard practice, but it doesn't make it right. :thumbsup:



Agreed.
But when it`s all said and done it is up to the End User to be aware\become aware. The average user is click happy and accepts what ever is dumped upon them as being normal and part of the Internet.
They do have some control, but they need to learn how to exercise that control.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 02:27 PM

Surely it's not right, but since we have to live with it, there are two words, which solve the problem:
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 02:35 PM

I`m a bit more tolerant of utilities trying to install additional items. When a purported security app attempts to install one I start looking for alternatives.

Had forgotten about Threatfire. :flowers: Guess there are exceptions to every rule. :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 03:09 PM

Now you know why I use: PDF-XCHANGE VIEWER. Which IMHO is a superior product.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 03:18 PM

Now you know why I use: PDF-XCHANGE VIEWER. Which IMHO is a superior product.

Nice, I've just tested this in Wine and I'll be installing it in Windows later.
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 05:59 PM

Nice tip Animal! Thanks!

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 10:30 PM

Which flavor has the typewriter tools?

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 11:05 PM

The one in my link has them, OB.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 11:26 PM

Way cool. Thanks Animal

Tomorrow Foxit Reader's going bye-bye and PDF-XCHANGE VIEWER is jumping aboard.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 11:50 PM

The older version of Foxit (v2.0), which I use and does everything I need (read PDFs), didn't need to be installed.
It runs as a standalone.
In case anyone's interested:
Foxit 2.0 from OldVersion.com
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:59 AM

There are some other PDF applications mentioned in this topic also: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/228475/can-adobe-reader-be-downloaded-on-its-own/

VisageSoft, for example, is a great reader.

It doesn't answer my purposes, however, since I frequently need to type on PDF documents.

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