[How-to] Boost Adobe Acrobat Reader Performance

PDF (Portable Document File) is widely used file format to keep data secure. Adobe Reader is the most widely used (and perhaps the best) PDF reader. PDF file format and Acrobat Reader was developed by Adobe Inc. Despite being a feature rich PDF reader, Adobe Reader has recently suffered from lags, startup delays etc. PDF SpeedUp is a tool which takes care of these Adobe Reader issues by speeding up the time it takes to load Adobe Reader, as well as making it smoother in functionality by turning off unwanted elements of the application. For instance, this application targets the various unimportant plug-ins which load with Adobe PDF, in order to speed it up.

To get started, download, install and launch PDF SpeedUp, and select the items options from the main interface. The optimizations you can do with this application are:

  • Disable browser integration,
  • Turn off all update features,
  • Disable confirmation prompt (when Acrobat reader closes),
  • Clear Adobe Reader’s recent file history,
  • Disable loading of plugins at startup,
  • Remove PrintMe and Adobe Reader icons,
  • Turn off Adobe Reader advertisements,
  • Clear Adobe Reader Recent Files History
  • Remove My eBooks folder from My Documents, and
  • Disable the splash screen during program start up,
  • Restore to original settings at any time.

Once your desired options have been selected, click Optimize to speed up Adobe Reader. It offers several options and you can also manually enable or disable the plug-ins as needed. PDF SpeedUp works with Acrobat versions 5 through 9. This will optimize Adobe Reader, after saving your default settings. You can revert back to the old settings anytime by clicking Restore from main interface.

PDF Speedup works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 systems. PDF SpeedUp comes with seven different interface languages, and works with Adobe Reader 5-10. This is a free application hence it displays an advertisement of the developer’s products when it is exited.

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