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PDFCreator Comments

Malware

about PDFCreator · ·

She load virus to PC

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Windows 10 adds its own virtual printer

Comment by alter1608
about PDFCreator · Oct 2015 ·

Hi,

Windows 10 have a lot of flaws, but a lot of little improvements too.

Windows 10 have integrated a PDF virtual printer. When you print a document select: Microsoft Print to PDF.

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Virus?

about PDFCreator · ·

Avira flagged C:\%user%\AppData\Local\Temp\nsr3942.tmp\InstallManager.exe as a virus (APPL/Downloader.Gen (Cloud)) during install.

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used this for a few months long ago

about PDFCreator · ·

now i use doPDF, its much better, without any crapware

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Installs unwanted software

about PDFCreator · ·

Without mentioning it, the installer for this software installed a toolbar and changed a number of my personal settings in firefox. This software is garbage.

[Edited by sqwishy, November 20]

Changes the default search engine used from the location/address bar, see the keyword.URL setting in about:config.

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At version 1.5.0, back to bundling with AVG

about PDFCreator · ·

I'm fed up with PDFCreator. Now, at version 1.5.0, they're back to forcing users to install AVG, which will add toolbars to all of your installed browsers, plus additional add-on software. Unlike prior bundlings they tried, this one forces you to accept the AVG license agreement, even if you figure out how not to install AVG.

PDFCreator has crossed the threshold, and is no longer worth the abuse. As history has shown, 1.6.0 may be a different story, but it will most likely be different like bear poop is different from dog poop. I'm moving on to more respectable solutions.

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v1.4.3 is bundled with a different toolbar

Comment by servel333
about PDFCreator and Yahoo! Toolbar, Babylon · Aug 2012 ·

I just downloaded version 1.4.3 and noticed it's bundled with the Babylon toolbar. The prompt to install it is pretty obvious and comes after you click 'install' for PDFCreator. It looks like a different toolbar than it was previously bundled with because the screenshots from Venom88 show the Yahoo toolbar.

Older screenshots show Yahoo toolbar
http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/2597/un1n.png
http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/4613/un2d.png
(Thanks Venom88 for these screenshots)

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Have Serious Problems with Windows 7 64-bit

about PDFCreator and CutePDF Writer · ·

I couldn't manage to overcome MSCOMCTL*.OCX errors. They must do something about it.
Then I start using CutePDF Writer without any problems. Just works...

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I did not have a problem removing the toolbar, which I agre ...

Comment by cts
about PDFCreator · Jun 2011 ·

I did not have a problem removing the toolbar, which I agree is a nuisance.

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The toolbar which is mentioned as adware/malware, is no lon ...

about PDFCreator · ·

The toolbar which is mentioned as adware/malware, is no longer a part of the program as of version 1.2.0.

And by the way the PDFarchitect feature is great for editing existing PDF-documents, but it is a bit unstable as now (November 2012)!

I love PDFcreator :)

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Is the toolbar really malware? I would think it should be c ...

Comment by mistaecko
about PDFCreator · Jun 2011 ·

Is the toolbar really malware? I would think it should be classified as adware. The browser hi-jacking is not nice, but from what I understand it does not have any malicious behavior (trojans, etc) other than displaying ads?

If we classify the toolbar as 'malicious', consequently, we should flag the app with a warning. Otherwise we should change the wording to 'aggressive adware' or 'adware without proper uninstall routines'.

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I prefer qvPDF (1) as pdf-printer, because he has more func ...

Comment by em4020
about PDFCreator · Jun 2011 ·

I prefer qvPDF (1) as pdf-printer, because he has more functions than all other pdf-printers:
qvPDF is a PDF creator for Windows, but you can also merge & split pdf-documents.
(1) Small qvPDF iconqvPDF

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WARNING: since version 0.9.7, PDFCreator is bundled with a ...

Comment by Danilo_Venom
about PDFCreator · Jun 2011 ·

WARNING: since version 0.9.7, PDFCreator is bundled with a malware toolbar! In order to prevent this from being installed, you need to uncheck it in TWO places in the installer: 1 here http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/2597/un1n.png and 2 here
http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/4613/un2d.png
In this way you can enjoy PDFCreator without malwares and problem :)

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It's the same in PDFCreator as in Bullzip pdf-printer: In t ...

Comment by em4020
about PDFCreator · Jun 2011 ·

It's the same in PDFCreator as in Bullzip pdf-printer: In the head line and footing line there should be the URL, date and "page X of N". The font of this information was defective, so that this information is not legible. In spite of some search I found for it no functioning settings. If someone has a solution for this problem, it would be nice to inform here about it with a comment.

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