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Optimizing the performance of Adobe Reader 8.0

Posted in Tutorials by Halley on September 29, 2008

All of you guys must be using Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing pdf files. Well, in my opinion, this is one of the worst programs ever designed by Adobe. And I still wonder why I ever bothered to update mine to version 8.0 beccause the only change I can notice is that, as the version number gets bigger, so does the installer size and the time it takes to load.
One reason why Adobe Reader takes ages to load is that it also loads with it a lot of plug-ins. And the funny part is that most of them are completely useless! You can safely disable them and improve the loading time.
To disable all plug-ins,

  • Navigate to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\
  • Open the directory plug_ins
  • Move all the files inside it with .api extension to the folder Optional

Restart Adobe Reader and see the difference for yourself!!!

Also, remove Adobe Speed Launch from the start up.

  • Point to Start—>All Programs—>Start Up
  • Delete Adobe Speed Launch

And now see for yourself the performance improvemence!!!

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