Don’t use Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader. Also known as “the PDF reader”. It’s an application meant to do ONE thing: Open & read PDF files. If that’s the case, may I ask why it:

  • installed 86.65MB of files on my machine and
  • required an Operating System restart to be removed?

One of the most basic principles of security engineering is KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid!

Adobe Acrobat Reader is a user-space application that is used very often to handle files that come from untrusted online sources. Having it intertwined so much with the Operating System that removing it amounts to an OS reconfiguration that in turn requires a restart, is simply dreadful design that is only bound to explode in the face of users again and again.

Please consider using simpler software that gets the job done just fine, like FoxIt PDF Reader.

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