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Windows 7: Why does crapware still exist?


20 Jan 2013   #51

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

I always download pdf files and then view them in:
  • Foxit Reader in Windows.
  • The default pdf viewer in Linux distros


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21 Jan 2013   #52

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Well not everyone is aware that they can easily save pdf files to the drive and view them with a separate program. In some cases like at OEM support sites you may find that there is no download and save to drive option where the site still requires Adobe Reader.

That simply puts you between a rock and hard place if you have elected not to see Adobe or are trying to view them on another OS. Or in many cases the doc files with a particular program require Adobe Reader and that is included in the program's installer as well.
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21 Jan 2013   #53

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

I have to admit there has been a couple times where Adobe reader was absolutely required, like Night Hawk, said.

And these were pretty important government forms and documents that simply do not have an alternative.
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21 Jan 2013   #54
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Does anyone have the new Adobe Reader and how do you like it? I have stuck with 9 to avoid the bloat and it's being updated regularly so it seems secure. But I don't want to be unnecessarily stubborn.
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21 Jan 2013   #55

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

When looking at the folder since I always delete the shortcut right off it showed Adobe 7.0 here. That's from seeing the prompts too frequently for each new version and simply opting out if not dumping the new shortcut.
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21 Jan 2013   #56

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Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Service Pack 1 - Linux Mint Mate 14 x64
 
 

I'm running Adobe Reader XI, I'm not sure if I was faced with any bloatware or not; may have removed it though.
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21 Jan 2013   #57

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

I'm still curious. Were those sites checking if you had adobe reader plugin and refusing to work without? Otherwise I don't see how that could happen as pretty much every other PDF reader has its own plugin so you can see the pdf in the browser without downloading it.

Can you link one I can access to? (please don't link to your tax payment forms)
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21 Jan 2013   #58
Microsoft MVP

 

That .pdf helper is installed with Adobe Reader, may be listed in browser Add-Ons as Acrobat. I've never had it go missing when I have Adobe Reader installed.

How do you like Reader XI, does it bother you much or do you turn it off in msconfig? My impression the first time I tried it was bloat, but I've since installed it once and it seemed tamer.
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21 Jan 2013   #59

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
PDF File

bobafetthotmail is this what you were asking for?

050912 Sirius offer.pdf


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21 Jan 2013   #60

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HammerHead View Post
bobafetthotmail is this what you were asking for?

Attachment 251365
This is what happens when I click the link:
Name:  PDF Foxit 01.png
Views: 7
Size:  37.9 KB Why does crapware still exist?-pdf-foxit.png
Note
Obviously I'm not using a browser plugin.


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