Adobe Acrobat Update

Win 7 IE 11. Secunia tells me that my Adobe Acrobat needs an update. However, Adobe’s website has only Adobe Acrobat XI, and it is not free. So, I uninstalled my Adobe Acrobat, thinking I don’t need it, but then I could not open IE as a pop-up box stated that my ATT toolbar needs to be reinstalled. ATT is my ISP. So, I restored my system prior to the uninstall, and everything is working now. I don’t know how Adobe Acrobat affects my browser. I did not think I need it. I thought it was for creating PDF files.

Acrobat Reader is for reading PDF files and is free. It’s the full Adobe Acrobat that you use to create PDFs de novo (and much more).

But yes, do update Acrobat Reader. PDFs have become a target for malware.

What Adobe called “Adobe Acrobat” is the program that can create and edit PDFs, and is not free. What you may be looking to install is just the reader, which they call Adobe Reader now.

There is Adobe Acrobat, which is the program that creates and edits pdfs and it is not free.

Then there is Adobe Acrobat READER, which is free, and which you can use to read pdfs, but you cannot create or edit them.

The OP is referring to Acrobat READER.

My clients get these two things mixed up all the time (even after years). Or else they’ll just call them “Adobe,” as in “My Adobe needs updating.” :smack: But that’s why they pay me the big bucks, to 'splain the differences.

What used to be called Adobe Acrobat Reader is just called Adobe Reader now. The word “Acrobat” is now reserved to the PDF creation program. Few people need a PDF creation program, especially as modern word processors will output to PDF. However, most people do need a PDF reader program.You can get the free Adobe Reader here.

Better yet, however, for greater security (by obscurity) and more extensive features (such as markup and OCR), get the free PDF XChange Viewer, here (blue button in the box to the right).

There’s no way AT&T toolbar needs Adobe Acrobat or reader.
What it probably needs is Adobe Flash.
Goto to see what version you have.
The current version is 11.9.900.152, and it is free.
Go to to get the current version.

Whether you install Adobe Reader or Adobe Flash, pay attention, because the installer may attempt to install toolbar, Google Toolbar, Chrome or Yahoo! Toolbar as part of the process. It’s annoying but you can uncheck a box to avoid the junk.

This is VERY important! READ what it says in the window BEFORE you click the ok/install button.

If your Acrobat really needs updating, you should do it from within the program, not by visiting the website. Launch the program from the Start menu and then go to the menus across the top and select “Help” and then “Check for updates” and follow the prompts from there.

This will word for Reader as well or any Adobe product.

Thanks everyone for the advice. I uninstalled Adobe Acrobat and everything is working fine now. I do not know what caused the problem with the browser I used IObit Uninstaller, which I first used to modify Acrobat. When that was done, Uninstaller asked me if I wanted to make a full, clean sweep, which I did. That removed many registry keys. That’s when my problem began. After System Restore, and after reading responses to my post, I just uninstalled Acrobat. After doing that, uninstaller asked if I wanted to make a full, clean sweep. I did, and there were just 3 registry keys to be removed. Apparently, the first time some necessary keys were removed.

I just want to add that I went to the website because Secunia’s “install solution” brought me there, as well as the “Help” in the Acrobat menu. I used IObit’s Uninstall repair feature to see if that would update it.

I think that if you want to uninstall a program from Windows, you should do so from Add/Remove Programs or by using the program’s own uninstaller instead of using third-party programs.

Often when you uninstall a program from the Control Panel, remnants of the program remain behind in some registry keys. Both the Control Panel and IObit uses the program’s own uninstaller, but IObit goes the extra mile, and removes all remnants.

Who cares if a few registry keys are left? Especially when your third-party uninstaller apparently broke your computer in the process of removing all of those registry keys.