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Windows 7: Foxit adds 'safe mode' to counter PDF attacks

10 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 
Foxit adds 'safe mode' to counter PDF attacks

Quote:
Foxit Corp has added new security features to its alternative PDF reader software to help thwart recent malware attacks that exploit the “/launch” feature. With Foxit PDF Reader Version 3.3, the company has added a Safe Mode that blocks external commands from being executed by the software.
The Safe Mode is a key part of a new Trust Manager in the Foxit PDF Reader.

more at: Foxit adds 'safe mode' to counter PDF attacks | ZDNet


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10 May 2010   #2

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

hi !

why not take a look at Foxit´s OWN webpage ?
Foxit Software - Foxit Reader 3.0 for Windows

"What’s New in Foxit Reader 3.3

The following is a list of exciting new features in Foxit Reader 3.3.
  • Secure Trust Manager
    The new Secure Trust Manager enables users to allow or deny unauthorized actions and data transmission, including URL connection, attachments PDF actions, and JavaScript functions; efficiently avoiding the attack from malicious contents and viruses.
  • Improved Ask Search Button Setting
    Enables users to show or hide the Ask Search Button in the Preferences menu.
  • Many Bug Fixes
    Fixes some bugs from previous versions including an issue where Ask Toolbar may be installed by default."

the "ASK-Searchbutton" is still there !?
considering ASK-toolbar being a securityrisk, can this "ASK-Searchbutton" be trusted ?
i do NOT want any "ASK-stuff" on my computer....

there are several other PDF-readers available, fx Sumatra.
PDFreaders.org - Get a Free Software PDF reader!
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10 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
hi !
the "ASK-Searchbutton" is still there !?
considering ASK-toolbar being a securityrisk, can this "ASK-Searchbutton" be trusted ?
i do NOT want any "ASK-stuff" on my computer....

there are several other PDF-readers available, fx Sumatra.
PDFreaders.org - Get a Free Software PDF reader!
I'm with you 100%!
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11 May 2010   #4

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Wow, I used to really like Foxit Reader. Is the ASK toolbar opt-in/opt-out at the point of installation? If not, I best switch to an alternative too. Much thanks.
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11 May 2010   #5

Windows Seven Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Wow, I used to really like Foxit Reader. Is the ASK toolbar opt-in/opt-out at the point of installation? If not, I best switch to an alternative too. Much thanks.
Hallo Manhunter, you have the option to deselect it during installation

EDIT; or at least you do with the exe download, don't know about the zip or msi downloads
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11 May 2010   #6

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

^Thanks Mitchell, very kind!
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11 May 2010   #7

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

hi !

when i installed the previous version, (i´m not at home right now, i´m at the university, so i can´t say which version) i unchecked ALL "ASK-stuff", but i still got a ASK-searchbutton.

and there was no possibility to remove it without losing the function to search in documents....

http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/

this is what Foxit says: "
Foxit’s NO BLOAT PDF Reader
Small download, fast, accurate rendering
Take it with you with low cost mobile readers for your phone or PDA

"NO BLOAT" ???
then WTF is this "ASK"-bullsh*t ???
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11 May 2010   #8

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Shame on them, I used to really like Foxit Reader....as the other posters usefully said, plenty of freeware alternatives which respect our privacy.
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11 May 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

well I am using the latest version of Foxit i unchecked all the ask stuff, and it hasn't installed any of it
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11 May 2010   #10

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

check your searchbutton (Control+F)...

going to install it later today, then i´ll check myself.
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