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Jillian 04. Aug 2010 03:11 PM

Yes that's right. The toolbar does get installed anyway on Foxit. I just installed PDF
ChangeViewer. I think I am going to like it better than Foxit. I haven't had the chance yet to really try it out , but I do like the interface and also it has excellent reviews by cNet.

I will add that they did ask if I wanted to install the Ask Toolbar and I said no. And they did not install it. that is the way it should be.

Thanks again .

Jojo Yee 04. Aug 2010 03:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jillian (Post 33638)
I just installed PDF
ChangeViewer. I think I am going to like it better than Foxit. I haven't had the chance yet to really try it out , but I do like the interface and also it has excellent reviews by cNet.

It is also selected as part of the Best Free PDF Tools, good for annotating PDF documents in case you need it and it's just there.

Anupam 04. Aug 2010 03:29 PM

Thanks for replying Jillian. Yes, the interface is really good. Do try it more, to see if it suits you. As Jojoyee pointed out, it is quite good for annotating pdf documents.

PdfXchange Viewer is currently the top pick here :

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...pdf-reader.htm

You can find more pdf readers in the article.

Recently, Nitro Pdf Reader has also been making some waves, because of the features it offers. We have a new editor for the above category, so you might see some new changes in the article soon :).

Jillian 04. Aug 2010 04:59 PM

Thanks everyone.

bo.elam 05. Aug 2010 06:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 26Dolphins (Post 33629)
Hi,

@bo.elam
Is it cross-checked that if you have Foxit installed and do the update from within the program, it won't try any funny things?
I've installed it on my brother's machine and since I can't find the .msi installer was thinking of switching him over to the portable version.

If you update your bro using the program updater, I am sure there will
not be anything funny. When you make the program check for available
updates, it will show a list of updates that will include the newest version,
always located at the bottom and all other updates availables(which I
never install any) including the horrible Ask toolbar. So update using the
program updater and your brother will be OK.
What I am saying its true if you had installed the "slim" version but I dont
know what will happen if you actually have the regular version installed.
If you need the msi updater for version 4, I can upload it for you, let me
know.


Bo

26Dolphins 05. Aug 2010 03:09 PM

Hi,
Thanks for the reply and the detailed info, bo.elam.

I decided to switch him over to the portable version, since it's more practical - it's a single, clean .exe file with no installation hassle.

vasa1 06. Aug 2010 07:40 AM

Bo, any idea what the "safe" mode is all about in the new Foxit?

bo.elam 06. Aug 2010 08:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vasa1 (Post 33712)
Bo, any idea what the "safe" mode is all about in the new Foxit?

Hi Vasa1, take a look at this picture:


http://img224.imagevenue.com/loc1074...122_1074lo.JPG

I guess it makes Foxit safer. I have disabled Java scripting also, for
extra safety.

Bo

vasa1 06. Aug 2010 08:34 AM

Thanks! Sounds good. I too have been disabling js.

26Dolphins 07. Aug 2010 04:00 PM

Hi,

For anyone still wondering why and how the Ask Toolbar got installed, it's no longer enough to just untick the boxes. Ghacks has a very informative explanation/ description on how tricky (maybe even malicious) the installation process has been made with v.4.

Since the .msi installer has been retracted, it's time for everyone to move to another PDF Reader - stick to the portable version if you don't want to switch.

Cheers

vasa1 07. Aug 2010 05:51 PM

I have installed version 4.1.1.0805.

No ask toolbar.

I did read the installation instructions.

Quote:

Users who do not read the wording on that page carefully might assume that unchecking the checkboxes is all it takes to avoid installing the toolbar on the system.
Source

English is not my native language. I had no problem understanding the wording. Much ado about nothing.

Anupam 07. Aug 2010 06:16 PM

Thanks a lot for sharing that link 26Dolphins. Its now clear how people are getting the Ask Toolbar even after choosing not to install it. I had come across similar tactics being used by another software, but I don't remember which one.

These are really shady techniques to dupe the user into installing unwanted software.

bo.elam 07. Aug 2010 09:17 PM

Like Vasa1, I dont have a problem but I dislike all toolbars and will never
have one installed. Hopefully the pleasant experience that I have had with
Foxit does not change in the future. Since my original installation, over a
year ago, I have always updated from within the program and have never
had the toolbar pushed on me.
I wish Foxit made it easy to choose whether or not to have the toolbar
installed and not hard as it is now.

Bo

jimsing59 25. Feb 2011 08:58 PM

Foxit Reader
 
Foxit Reader has learned from their mistake and now Foxit Reader is back. They also share the code.

garth 25. Feb 2011 09:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jimsing59 (Post 47099)
Foxit Reader has learned from their mistake and now Foxit Reader is back. They also share the code.

So no more toolbar trickery then?

http://www.foxitsoftware.com/announc...111117556.html

Sope 25. Feb 2011 10:24 PM

Apparently they are very crafty with it too.

Descibed here, along with how to avoid it :-
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/f...r-toolbar.html

garth 25. Feb 2011 10:59 PM

I'm not in any hurry to switch back to Foxit. Since the toolbar installation phase is still exactly as it was, it still looks like a trick to catch out the impatient and the unwary to me. If anything the whole thing looks even worse than it was before, and the fact that somebody has gone to the trouble of creating a tutorial for the installation of a pdf reader minus spyware kind of underlines that for me. Thanks Foxit but no thanks.

oblivion 11. Mar 2011 11:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by garth (Post 47105)
Thanks Foxit but no thanks.

I tried FoxIt a while back and came to pretty much the same conclusion.

My preferred PDF reader is SumatraPDF It's free, fast and works very well. There's also a portable version.


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