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Hello Everyone,

I was a long time user of the Free Foxit PDF Reader program, until the recent update of their version, which installed Spyware with their download.  Took me a few hours to remove the Crap and now I need to find another Free PDF Reader program to replace Foxit PDF Reader.  Any suggestions please?  I did check out a few free pdf readers, but it seems the latest trend is having some type of spyware installed some where in the program.  Just want a free pdf reader used for the basics, nothing special to be used for.  If not a free pdf reader, then I guess I need to buy one and what paid version would be the best without the Spyware, please?  Sorry to be a little negative about spyware, I am just getting tired of it. 

Thanks for your time and have a great evening or morning.


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I have not tried it in some time, but Sumatra Pdf was junk free last time I used it, maybe check that one out.

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+1 for Sumatra Pdf.  :)

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Try a browse through the General forum (topics list) as I believe this has been discussed in the last few days.
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+1 for Sumatra Pdf.  :)

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Have you tried Primo PDF Reader. It's a freebie. I have it with no problems.
Then there is the old stand-by Adobe Reader. For PDF editing I use Nuance
PDF, it's a paid product. Nuance allows you three installs (not at the same time).

For a free PDF reader you might want to check out Primo PDF Reader.
With Primo you can easily convert "doc" files to PDF.
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If your using the Chrome browser,  you can open the file directly in Chrome
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If your using the Chrome browser,  you can open the file directly in Chrome
without having to install anything else. :)

Thanks Bob3160 for the info.  No Google Chrome and Google Search.  Have a nice evening!

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I have not tried it in some time, but Sumatra Pdf was junk free last time I used it, maybe check that one out.

Thanks to everyone who suggested to use Sumatra PDF Viewer.  The following I read about Sumatra and I have a few questions, that hopefully some one can explain to me about it, please.

CNET Editors' review
Sumatra PDF Viewer installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal.
http://download.cnet.com/Sumatra-PDF/3000-18497_4-10698785.html
Leaves a folder behind upon removal???  What does that mean, please??  Why would it leave a folder behind when you remove the product, please?   Other then that, yes Sumatra PDF Viewer would probably be my choice.

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Re: Looking for a free pdf reader with no spyware bundled with it, please?
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2014, 10:48:24 PM »
Try a browse through the General forum (topics list) as I believe this has been discussed in the last few days.

Thank You DavidR for your info and I will check out the General Forum.  Have a nice evening!

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Re: Looking for a free pdf reader with no spyware bundled with it, please?
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2014, 10:54:11 PM »
Have you tried Primo PDF Reader. It's a freebie. I have it with no problems.
Then there is the old stand-by Adobe Reader. For PDF editing I use Nuance
PDF, it's a paid product. Nuance allows you three installs (not at the same time).

For a free PDF reader you might want to check out Primo PDF Reader.
With Primo you can easily convert "doc" files to PDF.

Thank You Para-Noid about Primo PDF Reader.  Maybe this Primo PDF Reader may be right for me instead of Sumatra.  Have to decide what one I should go with, as I have nothing installed on my computer for a PDF Reader.  No thank you on the Adobe Reader.  Have a nice evening!

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Re: Looking for a free pdf reader with no spyware bundled with it, please?
« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2014, 02:46:08 AM »
I have not tried it in some time, but Sumatra Pdf was junk free last time I used it, maybe check that one out.

Thanks to everyone who suggested to use Sumatra PDF Viewer.  The following I read about Sumatra and I have a few questions, that hopefully some one can explain to me about it, please.

CNET Editors' review
Sumatra PDF Viewer installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal.
http://download.cnet.com/Sumatra-PDF/3000-18497_4-10698785.html
Leaves a folder behind upon removal???  What does that mean, please??  Why would it leave a folder behind when you remove the product, please?   Other then that, yes Sumatra PDF Viewer would probably be my choice.

I use the portable version. When you're done or need to upgrade the program, just delete the folder and it's gone. Including the pdf file association.

http://portableapps.com/apps/office/sumatra_pdf_portable

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Re: Looking for a free pdf reader with no spyware bundled with it, please?
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2014, 10:33:52 AM »
I think PDF-XCHANGE is worth a look into, it pretty much does everything in the free version and the lightness and speed is exceptional plus the rendering clarity is second to none http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer I've used and recommended this reader for years.

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Re: Looking for a free pdf reader with no spyware bundled with it, please?
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2014, 03:46:18 PM »
Have you tried Primo PDF Reader. It's a freebie. I have it with no problems.
Then there is the old stand-by Adobe Reader. For PDF editing I use Nuance
PDF, it's a paid product. Nuance allows you three installs (not at the same time).

For a free PDF reader you might want to check out Primo PDF Reader.
With Primo you can easily convert "doc" files to PDF.

Thank You Para-Noid about Primo PDF Reader.  Maybe this Primo PDF Reader may be right for me instead of Sumatra.  Have to decide what one I should go with, as I have nothing installed on my computer for a PDF Reader.  No thank you on the Adobe Reader.  Have a nice evening!

Prior to opening the Primo PDF Reader software I completed a scan with my Malwarebytes Pro program and it detected the following Spyware bundled with the download.  PUP. Optional. OpenCandy.  I guess they are following Foxit by including Spyware into their so called free programs.  Too bad, I was going to use this Free PDF Reader.  Next, will try Sumatra, hopefully that does not have any surprises bundled with their software.