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How do I find a safe PDF reader, please?


kim12

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I have a need to read some pdf readers, which are SAFE to use! I have tried several, but all I seem able to get are programs which instantly take me to Babylon, or even worse, StartNow.

a) I need a safe program which will do what it is supposed to.

b) I need a way to get rid of Babylon and its endless Startnow cronies!!

So desperate, I would even resort to PAYING for a program. TIA Kim Pavey

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rdave13

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I use Foxit, click here

Babylon removal, click here

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Woolwell

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Adobe Reader Adobe but do untick the box to install McAfee Security Scan Plus or Foxit Foxit Reader. It is always best to download from the actual site.

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lotvic

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I use Foxit same as rdave13, download from Foxit site.

Whenever you install any program always look out for and UNtick any toolbars or extra bits during the install.

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kim12

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Thanks for advice. I use gmail online, and I usually leave it running as I have a lot of emails. If I am using one or more items from the taskbar beneath Google's various goodies. Babylon comes up when I need to use more than one item. As of now, nothing I have tried will prevent it from joining in.I am running XP, if that is helpful. All my efforts at finding a usable pdf reader so far have come to nothing. If I do manage to produce something, it will only show me a picture of whatever I have opened, rather than the actual page. When I do this, the only way to get it off the screen is to crash my system.

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rdave13

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In your browser you need to manage your search engines. In IE open tools, manage add-ons then search providers and remove Babylon and others as in link above. In firefox, If I remember correctly, click the down arrow in the search bar on right and select manage search engines. Also check plug-ins and extensions. Which program reads your PDFs now? Uninstall it then install Foxit reader.

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lotvic

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If Firefox is your browser: look in Tools, Options, Applications and scroll down list to 'PDF Document' click on it to hightlight it and then at right under Action column you will get a drop down arrow menu to choose what you want to happen. I have mine set to 'Always Ask' so when I click on a .pdf link I then get popup box, choice of being able to save to pc or to open with a program of my choice.

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kim12

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Thanks to all of you. Easy when you know how, isn't it? myself I used to be quite clever, but nowadays I am just SENILE about a lot of things. Many thanks. Kim

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woodchip

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You need to put the Babylon url in the hosts file. You will find HOSTS file in Windows/System32/Drivers/etc double click Hosts to open it in Notepad and to edit it re-save after you enter the url

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