View Full Version : Flaw in Adobe -- How do you fix Firefox so it doesn't use the Acrobat reader?

01-04-2007, 01:27 PM
Reading about the flaw in Adobe Acrobat reader here:

It says:

"They recommended that users protect themselves by upgrading Internet Explorer or changing Firefox's user options so the browser does not use the Acrobat plug-in."

I've looked at all the options in Firefox, and I can't find anything about Adobe or Acrobat. I know Firefox uses Acrobat to open pdf files. How can you stop it from doing that?


01-04-2007, 01:47 PM
it's small, fast and free
just make it the default for .pdf in your file types

Mike W
01-04-2007, 02:28 PM
Thanks Swarf, I just installed Foxit.

01-04-2007, 04:19 PM
Thank you for that link. That is far better than the Adobe Reader. I like that there is no installation with the zip version.

It's a stand alone program and can be used either with online links or locally stored PDFs and fast.

W. Johnson
01-04-2007, 06:39 PM
Thanks Swarf! Nice program.

After you get this program on your PC, you can tell FireFox to use it for PDF files by opening the Options dialog box and selecting Content. Then look down toward the bottom were it says File Types. Click the Manage button. In the box that pops up, find the PDF extension and change the default to Foxit. :)


01-04-2007, 07:14 PM
You can stop Firefox from auto-opening PDF's in Acrobat by loading firefox:
Tools -> Options -> Content -> (File Types) Manage

Then remove all the PDF ones.

Next time you click on a PDF file it'll prompt you like every other file type as to what you want to do with it.

I much prefer this way because then I can choose to still open in Acrobat, but at least it doesn't embed it inside the browser (which is usually followed by the browser crashing) but instead opens in a new program, which is much faster and more stable.

01-04-2007, 07:23 PM
Hi There,

Wayne, When I go to "Tools" and open "Options" and select "Content" and I
don't see anything about "File Types."

I think I found it under "Tools"->"Options"->"Downloads"->"View & Edit Actions..."

I am using Window XP and Firefox:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:
Gecko/20061206 Firefox/

What version are you using?

Good Luck!
-Blue Chips-

01-04-2007, 07:27 PM
You should update to Firefox 2. It has one particularly nice feature. If the system crashes or you shut it down with a number of windows open when you restart it will ask you if you want to restore the previous session. It remembers all the Firefox windows that were open and reloads all the pages you had displayed.

01-04-2007, 07:37 PM
Thanks for that,lot faster than Adoppy reader.

W. Johnson
01-04-2007, 07:39 PM
WLW, I'm using

Adoppy reader


01-04-2007, 07:52 PM
Hi There,

Okay, I have updated to 2.0. It is funny that when I would click "Help" and
pick "Check for Updates..." it didn't update to the newer version. But a
quick Google search turned it up.

-Blue Chips-

01-04-2007, 09:36 PM
I opened Firefox, clicked on "tools", ---> "options", ---> "Content", then near the bottom of that frame click "manage" on the FILE TYPES option. Down near the bottom of the list, I found PDF file. Highlight it then click "change action". You'll need to browse around to locate FIXIT to make it the "always open with this file" option.

01-05-2007, 12:00 AM
While we are on the subject of Adobe alternatives, I downloaded PDF Creator a while back and it has been way better than Adobe Writer and its FREE. http://www.pdfforge.org/products/pdfcreator/

01-05-2007, 09:45 AM
While we are on the subject of Adobe alternatives, I downloaded PDF Creator a while back and it has been way better than Adobe Writer and its FREE. http://www.pdfforge.org/products/pdfcreator/

Open Office a kind of shareware (but not) alternative to M$ Office. Does everything so well just like the high priced spread, reads and writes the same files... except you can also create PDF documents. If I did not already own the other product I would use this!! Link > http://www.openoffice.org/