The Slippery Slope – Foxit..

If you were tired of waiting for Adobe Reader to respond, there were alternatives, and Foxit was one of them. It still is but there is a catch with version 3.

The free version of Foxit is now sponsored by ASK.COM, and you can’t install Foxit 3.0 unless you agree to also installing the ‘Foxit’ toolbar. Not only that but when installed, your default search engine is………


The installation process doesn’t ask whether you want ASK.COM to be your preferred search engine. It just sets ASK.COM up.

OK, so the toolbar can be silenced and the preferred search engine can be re-instated, but I still find it annoying to have to accept junk like ASK.COM in the first place. To add insult to injury, the other free offerings in this field are clunky, slow, awkward and they too sneak stuff in, notably a link for eBay.

Foxit is still the best of the free PDF readers.. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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