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Last updated 20/08/2006

The Adobe Reader 7.0 offers to download and install the Yahoo toolbar. 

The Yahoo toolbar is an optional download, and does not have to be installed, so feel free to disable it.  While you are at it, disable the Photoshop Album 2.0 Starter Edition being offered unless you have a specific need for the software. 

Too many people make the mistake of downloading all sorts of auto-loading, memory sapping, screen crowding, unnecessary freeware that they didn't go looking for and didn't feel a need for before it was offered to them.

Before downloading such extras, always ask yourself if you will actually *use* the stuff and if you really *need* it.

You may already have perfectly good software that can do the same job as the freeware installed on your computer.  If you have a digital camera (which you surely must have if you have digital photos to share), I'm betting it came with digital imaging software (virtually all of them do), and who wants to view pictures using a PDF slide show anyway? Not me :o)

If you're running the latest version of Internet Explorer you will already have a pop-up blocker, or you may already be protected from pop-ups thanks to something like ZoneAlarm, or AdAware, or the myriad other programs that do the same thing.

Do you already visit the Yahoo news, finance, sports or mail sites? Do you use their web search?  If not, you don't need the toolbar.  If you do use their services, you still don't need the toolbar - you probably already have those sites in your browser favorites list.


Don't worry about installing this other stuff unless you have a specific need for it.

Also, DISABLE the Adobe Download Manager unless you are having problems downloading (note that if you do this, you will not be able to access the Yahoo toolbar and Photoshop software)


There is no need to use the Download Manager unless have problems with the site, or you want the extra fluff that Acrobat offers nowadays

Also, you should review the Yahoo Toolbar EULA, which when I last reviewed it on 19 June 2004, had some worrying terms:
http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/data/Yahoo.htm