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Don't Install Toolbar When Updating to Foxit Reader 5

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 4:25 PM

The venerable Foxit PDF Reader has updated to version 5! It sports a new interface and updated looks. Depending on where you download the new version from, it also sports a force-fed toolbar that can be considered intrusive and unneccessary.


If you download the installation package from CNet, as you proceed through the installation process, you come to a window that asks if you'd like to make Ask the default search provider. It also asks if you'd like to set Ask's website as the homepage. These boxes are pre-checked, and this alone is obnoxious enough, but there's more!


The option to install the toolbar isn't actually an option! You're told that if you click the 'Next' button, you agree to install the PDF Creator Toolbar powered by Ask. If you click the 'Cancel' button, it cancels the installation of Foxit Reader altogether. So you either install the toolbar or you don't install anything with this particular software package. Here is what that window looks like:



There is hope though!


Here's how to get the new version of Foxit PDF Reader without the toolbar:


Download the install package from Softpedia instead: CLICK HERE


If the link above doesn't work, you can download the package directly from Dropbox: CLICK HERE


This install package will allow you to upgrade to the Foxit PDF Reader without having to install the toolbar, and without asking to change your search provider and your homepage. This is a much friendlier version of the install package and more respectful of the individual user's wishes.

 

*Note: Downloading and installing the program directly from Foxit's website will give you an installer that has three checkboxes, one of which allows you to opt out of the toolbar: CLICK HERE


As a side note, one reason I choose Foxit PDF Reader over Adobe's reader is because it seems like Adobe likes to update every couple of days. Foxit PDF Reader is set to check for updates once a week by default, but that behavior can be changed.


Simply click the 'Tools' menu, then click 'Preferences'. You'll see a list of options on the left-hand side of the 'Preferences' menu. Click 'Updater' at the bottom of that list, and choose the option that says 'Do not update automatically'. Here is a screen shot showing what that looks like:



The above settings changes should alleviate some of the annoyances with the new version of the excellent alternative PDF reader. Please let me know if you have any questions on any of the above information in the comments, or by contacting me.

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11 Comments

Reply ConnieD
7:30 PM on November 10, 2014 
Thank you!
This is the FoxIt Reader I enjoy.
Reply Luce
3:00 PM on February 3, 2012 
Thanks, I'll try it. But don't think to change my prefer PDF-XChange to Foxit. Berfore I switched from Foxit to PDF-XChange and now I'm fully satisfied with it stable work, especially with new Free OCR and very fast search.
Reply adamberg
3:31 PM on July 21, 2011 
Direct Link

http://mirrors.foxitsoftware.com/pub/foxit/reader/desktop/win/5.x
/5.0/enu/FoxitReader502.0718_enu.msi
Reply Computer Maintenance & Upkeep
3:30 PM on May 29, 2011 
Foxit No More says...
You have to right-click the downloaded file, select properties, then Version tab to see that the foxit file is version 0527. Using the msi from another site is fine, but you run the risk of getting an older version (like the cnet one you were using). Was just giving you the heads-up. You're welcome.

Very interesting. The 'properties' dialog on the install package does indeed say version 0527. However, after installing that package, going to the 'help' and 'about foxit reader' dialog still says 0523.

In any event, the issue isn't so much the version number as the toolbar, home page and search provider changes. Thanks for keeping an eye on that!
Reply Foxit No More
1:14 PM on May 29, 2011 
Computer Maintenance & Upkeep says...
I downloaded and installed the one from the Foxit website, and it's still version 0523. It did allow to uncheck the box for installing the toolbar, and that's an improvement, but the one from Softpedia doesn't even attempt to install the toolbar or make those changes to home page and search provider.

Also updated the article above with a mention of the Foxit website.


You have to right-click the downloaded file, select properties, then Version tab to see that the foxit file is version 0527. Using the msi from another site is fine, but you run the risk of getting an older version (like the cnet one you were using). Was just giving you the heads-up. You're welcome.
Reply Computer Maintenance & Upkeep
2:31 AM on May 29, 2011 
Foxit No More says...
The exe installer from foxitsoftware.com (using the *free* reader version) still has 0523 in the file name, but 0527 in the properties dialog - it did not install Ask toolbar. And the form problem (still the free reader) was present in 4.x also. Maybe it's just the particular form pdf I'm working with - hmmm. No matter - I'm trying out other software. I'm liking PDF xChange Reader at the moment.

I downloaded and installed the one from the Foxit website, and it's still version 0523. It did allow to uncheck the box for installing the toolbar, and that's an improvement, but the one from Softpedia doesn't even attempt to install the toolbar or make those changes to home page and search provider.

Also updated the article above with a mention of the Foxit website.
Reply Foxit No More
1:38 AM on May 29, 2011 
Computer Maintenance & Upkeep says...
CNet still has 5.0.1.0523. And, no, I have never seen the prompt to download the spell check feature.


The exe installer from foxitsoftware.com (using the *free* reader version) still has 0523 in the file name, but 0527 in the properties dialog - it did not install Ask toolbar. And the form problem (still the free reader) was present in 4.x also. Maybe it's just the particular form pdf I'm working with - hmmm. No matter - I'm trying out other software. I'm liking PDF xChange Reader at the moment.
Reply Computer Maintenance & Upkeep
3:01 PM on May 28, 2011 
Foxit No More says...
The newest .exe installer has version 5.0.1.0527 (see properties). It has three check boxes, and, when unchecked, does not seem to install ask toolbar. My big prob is with filling a form pdf. Foxit wants to download the Foxit Spell Check Language - I don't want it. And I can't stop Foxit from prompting me. Have you seen this "feature"?

CNet still has 5.0.1.0523. And, no, I have never seen the prompt to download the spell check feature.
Reply Foxit No More
9:59 AM on May 28, 2011 
The newest .exe installer has version 5.0.1.0527 (see properties). It has three check boxes, and, when unchecked, does not seem to install ask toolbar. My big prob is with filling a form pdf. Foxit wants to download the Foxit Spell Check Language - I don't want it. And I can't stop Foxit from prompting me. Have you seen this "feature"?
Reply Computer Maintenance & Upkeep
5:14 AM on May 28, 2011 
Person with a test tube says...
Thanks for the alternative without the crapware. I'd prefer if these things would try to install something that MIGHT actually be useful. But that is just a dream...

You're very welcome! I've been playing with this new version of Foxit Reader a bit and it is really slick. But having to deal with that junk toolbar and stuff is going to turn a lot of people off of it unfortunately.
Reply Person with a test tube
1:20 AM on May 28, 2011 
Thanks for the alternative without the crapware. I'd prefer if these things would try to install something that MIGHT actually be useful. But that is just a dream...