Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF) is one of the most popular file formats today and it’s used in many office automation related tasks all over the world. Although there are many PDF reader applications around, Adobe Reader is perhaps the most popular viewer of them all. However, it has been subject to heavy criticism by computer power users for being a ‘piece of bloatware’. This was true to some extent – one example would be the Adobe updater which came bundled with Adobe Reader. Getting rid of this piece of crap was so hard that it required a registry hack. If you hated Adobe Reader for it’s unnecessary blot, check our Adobe Reader Lite – a hacked version of the same released by a third party.


If you haven't heard about this software before, it’s interface and functionality is almost identical to that of Adobe Reader (I’m pretty sure it uses Adobe’s code too, which might actually raise copyright concerns). However some components and functionality that are rarely used have been removed, thus improving performance and reducing resource consumption. Following is a list of ‘hacks’ featured as of Reader Lite 9.1:

  • Removed autorun and desktop shortcuts
  • Start menu shortcut converted to non-advertised
  • Removed several features and plugins that the average user has no need for
  • Removed Beyond Adobe and Lic. Agreement popups
  • Removed all (auto)update® features
  • Removed AcroRd32Info.exe with no errors in the event log
  • Form filling allowed
  • Disabled the dialog asking to help make Adobe Reader better and "Create PDF using" from the toolbar (v9.1)
  • Removed more unneeded stuff (v9.1)
  • Some cosmetic changes (v9.1)


Adobe Reader Lite 9.3 has just been released and you may download it from FileForum mirror.

[Click Here] to download Adobe Reader Lite 9.3

Note: It’s recommended that you uninstall any previously installed versions of both Adobe Reader and Adobe Reader Lite before installing version 9.3.


  1. Lunboks // 1/20/2010 02:19:00 AM  

    Wouldn't touch that with a ten-foot pole. What's wrong with having an up-to-date version? Enjoy your viruses, then.

    (I'm talking both Adobe Reader exploits, and possibly this "Lite version".)

  2. Laennec // 1/20/2010 03:38:00 AM  
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  3. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 1/20/2010 05:39:00 AM  

    Version linked to here does not contain any viruses or malware. We check that before posting.

    Having an updated version is nice but its the updater pocess that's giving trouble.

  4. nej // 1/20/2010 06:11:00 AM  

    lol, why would you use that POS?

    Get Sumatra, free and open source.

  5. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 1/20/2010 06:18:00 AM  

    I agree there are many better free alternatives out there. But Lite apparently works well for folks who are used to Adobe Reader in the long run (and there are a lot of them).

  6. vibeZ // 9/03/2010 12:38:00 PM  

    I got sick of using adobe reader for all the obvious reasons, then switched to the alternatives and still use Sumatra. But sometimes, you need Adobe reader to open / view certains PDFs.

    So I reckon its a good idea to have this Lite version as a backup on your comp. {shrugs} its a neccessary evil ! muhahaha