Tips & Tricks: How to Install Adobe’s Acrobat Reader

 
While there are alternative PDF readers, I still prefer using the "real" Adobe Acrobat Reader.  However, there’s a few annoyances to be resolved when installing Adobe’s Acrobat Reader software.
ANNOYANCE #1 – Adobe Acrobat attempts to change your default search provider to Google!
While Adobe does "ask" if you wish to switch default search providers, it’s still frustrating when a program changes your default search provider.
If you want Internet Explorer to always block changes to your default search provider, you can select the Prevent programs from suggesting changes
to my default search provider check box in the dialog box that appears when a program attempts a change.
    1. Open Internet Explorer.
    2. Click the Tools button, and then click Manage Add-ons.
    3. In Manage Add-ons, under Add-on Types, click Search Providers.
    4. Toward the bottom of the screen, select the Prevent programs from suggesting changes to my default search provider check box, and then click Close.
 
ANNOYANCE #2 – Adobe Acrobat’s default setting is to install the Google Toolbar!
Adobe’s "optional" Free Google Toolbar is set as "default" — that doesn’t sound "optional" to me! 
    1. Ensure to uncheck the Free Google Toolbar during the installation process.
 
ANNOYANCE #3 – Adobe Acrobat’s default setting is to install their ActiveX "Adobe DLM" (Download Manager)
Adobe’s Download Manager also downloads other Adobe products that you may not wish to have installed.  So IGNORE installing the ActiveX "Adobe DLM" (Download Manager) — and click on the word "download" buried in Adobe’s installation text.
Ignore ActiveX Installation Message:  This website wants to install the "Adobe DLM" (Download Manager)
On the same page – click on the (buried) word "download" found in the text below:
Thank you. Your download will start automatically.
If it does not start, click here to download
 
ANNOYANCE #4 – Adobe’s current version of Acrobat is never "current"
Adobe’s current version of Acrobat is never "current" — you’ll still need to manually update their program (and probably reboot) after you’ve installed it.  Huh?
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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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