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Windows 7: Adobe Reader is world's most-exploited app.


10 Mar 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Adobe Reader is world's most-exploited app.

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Adobe's ubiquitous Reader application has replaced Microsoft Word as the program that's most often targeted in malware campaigns, according to figures compiled by F-Secure.

Files based on Reader were exploited in almost 49 per cent of the targeted attacks of 2009, compared with about 39 per cent that took aim at Microsoft Word. By comparison, in 2008, Acrobat was targeted in almost 29 per cent of attacks and Word was exploited by almost 35 per cent.

"Why has it changed?" F-Secure asks here. "Primarily because there has been more vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat/Reader than in the Microsoft Office applications."
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It's official: Adobe Reader is world's most-exploited app ? The Register


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10 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Damn. now I HAVE to switch to foxit or something.
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10 Mar 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here you see how a crummy application becomes famous only because it is a default on most systems and people do not bother to look for better alternatives. I use Foxit.
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10 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Should I delete adobe reader off my pc if I use Foxit anyway? If I need it I can just download it for free from adobe's website correct? Thanks
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10 Mar 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lsufrontier View Post
Should I delete adobe reader off my pc if I use Foxit anyway? If I need it I can just download it for free from adobe's website correct? Thanks
That's up to you. If you are happy with Adobe and are not being bothered by their constant updates, keep it. Foxit is smaller and has better functions (at least in my book). But you may not need those functions.
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10 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

So if i do delete adobe i will be able to install it for free again if i need to? Thanks
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10 Mar 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lsufrontier View Post
So if i do delete adobe i will be able to install it for free again if i need to? Thanks
yes
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10 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Ok thanks for your help
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10 Mar 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No Problem. Any time.
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10 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7 baby ! : D
 
 

foxit all the way
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