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Solved: shut off adobe reader?

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  1. jdemnyan1116

    jdemnyan1116 Thread Starter

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    thanks to the teck site, l found out how to shut off Java which works pretty good, have it off and it doesn't even phase nothing. Anyway, now that Adobe Reader is starting to get attacked with viruses and trojans, is there a way that you can shut off Adobe and use it when needed? Do not want to uninstall it just shut it off.
     
  2. Cheeseball81

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    Are you using IE?

    You can probably disable the Adobe Add-Ons in Tools > Manage Add-Ons
     
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    Keeping up to date with patches and Windows updates, using good security software, and practicing smart, safe computing habits works for me. I've never had Adobe Reader or any other component attacked or compromised. I don't see how "turning off" (whatever that means) Adobe or Java until you need it provides any level of protection. Obviously the app will "turn on" when it's used, and that's the point a vulnerability is exploited.
     
  5. jdemnyan1116

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    I use firefox as my default browser. I hardly use them unless necessary, I have never been hit either yet but it is good to know how to shut it off until needed.
     
  6. Hughv

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    There seems to be a misunderstanding here. You're vulnerable as long as you have Reader on your system, as DoubleHelix points out above. For the moment, the only safe thing to do is remove it completely.

    "Computerworld - Exploits of Adobe's PDF format jumped dramatically last year, and continue to climb during 2010, a McAfee security researcher said Wednesday.

    Microsoft, meanwhile, recently said that more than 46% of the browser-based exploits during the second half of 2009 were aimed at vulnerabilities in Adobe's free Reader PDF viewer."
    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9176117/PDF_exploits_explode_continue_climb_in_2010
     
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