Whenever I install Acrobat Reader I use a customized installer created with changes I've made using Adobe's Customization Wizard, integrate any updates and add a few other changes. This method disables, and in some cases locks-out, a lot of the features of Adobe Reader that are used for exploitation. Despite these changes I have not come across any PDF documents that are impaired or unreadable. I've installed it on many computers and have never had word from any of my customers that it prevents them from doing anything they need to. I use this installer to also set Acrobat Reader to automatically download and install updates and remove the Desktop and Start Menu icons (which I find superfluous).
This method has many advantages over manually making changes via the user interface:
I'd like to offer a complete installer but would rather not fall afoul of legal attack dogs. I can offer an installer which downloads and installs Adobe Reader automatically.
That's it! You should now have a more secure Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If this guide has helped you please contact me to let me know.
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8th April 2010.