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Used to be a great alternative to Acrobat 4 Helpful

Negative Comment by TastyWheat
about Foxit Reader Jan 2017

I've had it with this program. It used to be a great alternative to Adobe Reader but now it seems like it's just as bloated and maybe even more spammy. Just like a text reader or image viewer, I don't want to be bugged by my PDF reader every other day to download some other software that I don't need or be tricked into installing it during an update.

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The last update (8.0) crash my Windows. -1 Helpful

Negative Comment by veewinch
about Foxit Reader Aug 2016

The last update (v 8.0) crash my Windows.
I had never seen any programs that update itself and crash my Windows.

It also comes with many popup offers that is not necessary for 'PDF reader'.

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No need to find alternatives. Foxit Reader now available on Mac and Linux -2 Helpful

Comment by zhouhang66
about Foxit Reader Nov 2015

Foxit just released a brand new Reader for Mac and Linux user on Sep. 2015. You can download it from Foxit website.

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Ads and Foxit Cloud 3 Helpful

Negative Comment by orestesgaolin
about Foxit Reader Feb 2015

They've added small blinking ads in upper right corner and the Foxit Cloud is set on by default.

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Used to like it but OpenCandys's UNinstaller is a virus so it's permanently 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by 17thEarl
about Foxit Reader May 2014

Installs AdWare - OpenCandy - and the UNINSTALLER of this is a virus that just drags you deeper and deeper in the malware mud. Completely unethical and completely gone from my system and anyone else who is intelligent.

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Virus detected by virustotal.com

Comment by namgivu82
about Foxit Reader May 2014

This software has two viruses detected by virustotal.com
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/f9266967572ae587fab8f0b991de997bfbc4ffaaf3e1f24745a3ddfcd1f071b9/analysis/1399016008/

[Edited by namgivu82, May 02]

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Download and install safe, if you use this software 1 Helpful

Comment by Zodarr
about Foxit Reader and Ghostery, Mozilla Firefox, Comodo Firewall Feb 2014

Use the address [http://cdn01.foxitsoftware.com/pub/foxit/reader/desktop/win/ ](http://cdn01.foxitsoftware.com/pub/foxit/reader/desktop/win/ ) for downloading without any hassle.
You can use this adress's root ([http://cdn01.foxitsoftware.com/pub/ ](http://cdn01.foxitsoftware.com/pub/ )) for browsing and downloading other Foxit software products, same ones that are available on the web site.

This is, because presently (2014.02.19.) the foxitsoftware.com website allows dowloads only
if you enable JavaScript on both foxitsoftware.com AND marketo.net.
The latter website's reputation is NOT SO GOOD, it is used to track users/downloads/etc.
See [https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/marketo.net ](https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/marketo.net ) and
[http://hosts-file.net/default.asp?s=marketo.net ](http://hosts-file.net/default.asp?s=marketo.net )
for more.

  • For controlling JavaScript on Firefox, i recommend using NoScript, also Ghostery

  • Also, for (amongst other things) defending against unwanted software installations (e.g. OpenCandy), i would recommend
    the use of [Comodo Firewall](Small Comodo Firewall iconComodo Firewall)
    (This is an Alternativeto.net program page link)
    The HIPS feature makes it the best firewall i used to date.

[Edited by Zodarr, February 19]

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NO annotation and comments in Linux?

Comment by braniti
about Foxit Reader and Evince, Okular Oct 2013

Hi good app as Evince , but both Foxit & Evince do not support annotation &comments on Linux (I'm behind LUbuntu 12.04, just tested) . Luckily AlternativeTo directed me to Okular , that one has these important features.
( I know Foxit Windows version is excellent. )

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Now forces you to install other programs

Comment by Churchland
about Foxit Reader Jun 2013

I have used this program for years, now worse than Adobe. It forces you to install other programs or aborts install. No thanks.

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Decent, but still lacking.

Comment by Quixotic
about Foxit Reader and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Mar 2013

I was looking for an alternative to the free version of Adobe Reader. I needed something that would let me save bookmarks as well as has multiple tabs and opened quickly. Foxit does both of these things, although the bookmark part is severely lacking. There isn't any real way to organize your bookmarks. You can change the name and order of them, but that's about it. Page navigation is a bit annoying compared to Adobe when on a laptop, and it doesn't look too great either. I've also noticed a lot of ads when you open the program. Sadly, I haven't found a better program yet that is free.

Pros: Opens fast, Bookmark Pages, Free
Cons: Ads, Eyesore, Harder to Navigate.

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New versions are getting worse. I switched to Evince

Negative Comment by CopyTrans
about Foxit Reader and Evince Sep 2012

New versions are getting worse. I switched to Evince

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Ads are annoying.

Comment by RustyS
about Foxit Reader and Cool Reader Apr 2012

The start page (which you rarely see), is 75% covered with ads for Foxit products. You can edit the html file for the start page, and/or delete JPG files for ads, but it's a bunch of trouble. The funny thing is, the program has an option to turn off advertising. It doesn't work. On top of that, there's a registry key you can change to zero to supposedly get rid of the ads. They probably reduce the advertising. They don't eliminate it.

Otherwise, like the program so far. It works, unlike Cool PDF reader. It's not TOO terribly bloated, and yet it will read PDF files aloud.

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Good Program. Ugly UI. Inefficient use of space.

Positive Comment by Software
about Foxit Reader Oct 2011

Good reader. Has good note taking capability (Typewriter). Pretty snappy to use.
But wastes space with the tab bar. Limited image extraction (screen-cap).

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Good alternative to Adobe Reader

Comment by User7878169
about Foxit Reader Jul 2011

After having some troubles with Adobe Reader opening anything or taking way to long to open I decided to install and try this out. Perfect.

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