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Re: [vox-tech] Need Windows PDF Reader
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Re: [vox-tech] Need Windows PDF Reader

On 06/24/2010 10:58 PM, Bob Scofield wrote:
> Can someone recommend a PDF reader for Windows?  I need one for my business.  
> And I need one soon.
> I've just had an Adobe nightmare.  I was reading business email (Thank God I'm 
> in Linux now where I feel safe) and Kaspersky AntiVirus said Adobe 8.x was 
> downloading a trojan.  So Kaspersky took a few minutes to deal with the 
> problem and kept telling me that some so-called Windows image files were not 
> real image files.  They may have been .dll files, I'm not sure.
> When Kaspersky was done my Adobe icon could no longer load the program.  So I 
> decided to delete the whole program and download the newest Adobe Reader, 
> which is 9.3.  Well that automatically downloads a second program, Adobe Air, 
> whatever that is.  When I clicked on the icon to install Adobe 9.3 winzip 
> extracted the files to my desktop.  I admit that was my fault.
> But what was weird was that after deleting the files from my desktop, they 
> kept reappearing after about two or three re-boots.  The last time I rebooted 
> those damn files were gone.  But if they appear tomorrow I'll have to 
> reformat my Windows XP.
> Adobe seems to be bloated.  When downloading they offer all kinds of crap, 
> N.Y. Times subscriptions, etc.  I hate to admit this, but with all my 
> experience, as the one who is called upon to fix family computer problem, I 
> confess that I am incapable of installing Adobe 9.3.
> But I don't want to learn how.  I want some non-bloated Windows program that 
> reads PDF files and that I can trust.  And if my wife wins the lottery, I'm 
> closing down my business and removing Windows from my desktop and laptop.
> Thanks for any recommendations.
> Bob

Last I checked there were no superb alternatives to Adobe Reader on the
Windows platform. Something that might be workable for you is Sumatra

Looks like evince is now on windows (it's the default in most gnome
based installs) but I've never tried it on windows.

Adobe's reader has been bloated for years, Air is similar to XUL from
Mozilla, basically a library which people can make desktop based flash
applications with. It has interesting potential but like
Itunes/Quicktime I really wish it wasn't bundled into a behemoth that
eats memory whole and doesn't let you turn it off.

Good luck,
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