The latest version of Adobe Reader, 11, is now ready to download. It's a necessary tool for both business as well as home PCs. The software is still free and enables you to view, occasionally edit and print PDFs.
The new version supports Window 8 and improves the security of PDF documents: the safe mode has been extended to include features to prevent data theft.
Notable is also the sandbox mode that opens all PDFs in a virtual environment by default. So you don't have to worry about damaging the system if you open an infected Office document.
The web apps Adobe SendNow and Adobe CreatePDF are also integrated. You can use SendNow to send files up to 100MB in size with the basic version, while CreatePDF lets you convert up to five Office documents into PDFs. To use both services, you need to register for free.
Verdict: Adobe Reader is probably the most widely used PDF reader but there is more and more news of critical weaknesses lately. Adobe is now trying to get it out of the firing line with the Sandbox function. But Foxit Reader, which starts up really fast, is a serious alternative to Adobe Reader.
Note: You can download Adobe Reader directly from the Adobe site, which suggests you also download McAfee Security Scan Plus but you can just untick that box.