Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 1867 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.2
File Size:
36.03MB
Date Added:
March 10, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
16,873,487
Downloads Last Week:
5,390
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

To put it gently, Adobe Reader is a real pain in the hindquarters. It's monstrously large, slow to load, and includes many features most users will hardly ever need. Foxit PDF Reader 3.0 kills the bloat and throws in some useful features, such as multimedia support and content-sharing options, while still allowing you to quickly access your PDFs.

The interface mimics Adobe's, so you won't have to change your reading habits. In our test, the text readability was similar. The small program starts surprisingly fast compared with Adobe. You might need to fiddle a bit to get it to work with your Internet browser, but you can find help on Foxit's support forums. It's a nice touch that it opens PDFs from the Internet in their own Foxit window, instead of sucking resources from within the browser.

Foxit's biggest flaw in the old version was hogging memory and that has been corrected. Recent updates include fixing the hyperlink problem, multimedia support, printing highlighted-only sections, and tabbed PDF browsing, so you can read multiple PDFs simultaneously and with ease. Overall, unless you're tied to Adobe we strongly recommend this freeware competitor.

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    4.1

    out of 1867 votes

    • 5 star: 969
    • 4 star: 508
    • 3 star: 137
    • 2 star: 93
    • 1 star: 160
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  • 5 stars

    "EXCELLENT PDF UTILITY"

    September 05, 2014   |   By solo247

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.3.815

    Pros

    been using FoxIt PDF for years now, and has always been impressed with its performance and many options for working with PDF files. It has features that fits users of every stage, but really is geared towards those who are looking for a professional pdf application that does extraordinary things with pdf files and documents. And, best of all - ITS FREE!!!

    Cons

    all great things in this innovative software, nothing to complain about.

    Summary

    highly recommended software for your day-to-day PDF needs.

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  • 2 stars

    "Newest version is poor"

    July 19, 2014   |   By dafolzey

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.1.0618

    Pros

    Requires little memory or storage.
    Attractive UI
    Integrates well with Internet Explorer
    Great PDF printing/creation capabilities

    Cons

    The newest version uses a constant 12-13% of my rather powerful CPU, there is no reason for this.

    Summary

    I haven't directly noticed any of the malware that other reviewers have listed, but a PDF reader using a constant 12-13% of my CPU is definitely indicative of malware, which is what got me suspicious initially. Its a shame, becuase Foxit used to be the best PDF reader out there. I generally try to avoid Adobe products because of their security history, but really they're the only other free choice, so I guess I'm going back to the red and white team.

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  • 1 stars

    "Foxit Reader should be removed ASAP"

    June 17, 2014   |   By eezee_cnet

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

    Pros

    There are no pros, anymore.

    Cons

    1. Newest update comes with the OpenCandy malware. DO NOT INSTALL!!
    2. I checked the support forum today, and it's over-flooded with spam.

    Looks like the dev's of Foxit gave up on their product and want to go out in a blaze of malware and spam. I got the message, Foxit will be removed from my systems and it will not be installed or recommended by me ever again.

    Summary

    Looks like the dev's of Foxit gave up on their product and want to go out in a blaze of malware and spam. DO NOT INSTALL!!

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  • 4 stars

    "It works o.k. for me."

    June 08, 2014   |   By brakker1

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

    Pros

    Easy to use, which is a big plus for me.

    Cons

    none that I am aware of.

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  • 1 stars

    "Dangerous malware in latest update- no warning"

    June 06, 2014   |   By rlc24u

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

    Pros

    None. Cant use it if I cant trust it.

    Cons

    See here:
    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/foxit-reader-upgrade-warning.360532/

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  • 5 stars

    ""The best PDF Reader""

    June 03, 2014   |   By Barpa21

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

    Pros

    The software is very lightweight and for instance much faster than any other PDF reader software. Foxit Reader comes with a cool free PDF creation tool allowing you to convert any format into PDF. In my opinion, This makes the product more useful and definitely put it on top of other popular PDF Readers like Adobe Reader .
    I mostly use Foxit reader to create, share and provide comments to PDF documents. This tool has worked so well for me that many people with whom I work with, have finished Downloading Foxit reader due to its great annotating capabilities.

    Cons

    The user interface is not like Adobe but more likely to Microsoft Office. If you don't like Microsoft office UI, you won't like Foxit UI.

    Summary

    I always recommend my friends and co-workers to use Foxit. Foxit Reader has become an important tool for me to the point that I use it at work all the time. Even, when I have to provide feedback to documents not in PDF, I prefer to convert them into PDF and do my comments from Foxit reader .

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  • 1 stars

    "Loved the old version, got malwared by the latest"

    June 01, 2014   |   By kmcchi

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

    Pros

    (BUT SEE CONS) I spend a lot of time reading academic pdfs, and Foxit reader has been my favorite for the variety of ways I can annotate things. Easy to use multiple highlight colors, easy to write notes and comments and change the fonts/sizes I use; also like how it uses tabs for multiple open files whereas Adobe clutters up my main taskbar with unique program windows when multiple pdfs are open.

    Cons

    Just setting up a new computer yesterday, I downloaded and installed the latest Foxit from the Foxit website - and got a boatload of malware that took me hours to clean up. Now I'm afraid to try any other Foxit downloads. They need to acknowledge this and advertise a guaranteed malware-free version before I'll try it again.

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  • 4 stars

    "Same Great PDF reader/printer I've been using for years"

    May 17, 2014   |   By jmc452

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

    Pros

    More features than I'll probably ever learn to use, but nice knowing they are there if I need them.

    Cons

    None so far.

    Summary

    Noted the junk it would have installed if not paying attention, but lately, everything I've downloaded from Download.com has had these so just pay attention! My criticism is with Download.com for allowing it.

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  • 1 stars

    "Good product once, now spoilt with adware/malware!"

    May 10, 2014   |   By Bravodex

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

    Pros

    Do not decide before you read the cons!

    I have used Foxit reader for many years. It was the one which offered a wide variety of annotation capabilities for free at a time when Adobe offered only limited annotation capabilities for free. Compared to adobe, it was lighter and quicker as well. In all these years of use I have been extremely satisfied with it is performance. I did not switch back to adobe even when it offered all annotation capabilities for free. But now, foxit has forced me to switch back to adobe (see cons).

    Summary of Pros:
    - Small installation size (Unlike adobe's bloated one)
    - Loads of annotation functionality for free
    - Quicker than Adobe
    - Mobile versions also available

    Cons

    (1) Updates come bundled with adware/malware
    (2) Pathetic customer support: They don't lend you an ear but try to shut your mouth!

    Summary

    In summary I quit Foxit only because of their malicious practices regarding adware/malware. I still miss its excellent functionality while I am using Adobe. Keep away from them till they apologize and change their practices regarding adware/malware, else you run the risk of ruining your computer, just like I did!

    More details:
    (1) Updates come bundled with adware/malware:
    Recently, when Foxit notified me of an update, I clicked on the update button. Now, while doing so, foxit installed other software which included adware/malware (Mobogenie: Open Candy I presume!). These caused many issues on my PC even after uninstallation (crashes, hangs, inappropriate folders in C drive; I don't know what else I have to face!). A decent company would have asked for my permission before installing these crap on my PC!
    (2) Pathetic customer support!:
    When I tried to bring this to their attention in Foxit Forums, I was surprised to find that site filled with spam messages. It didn't look like a forum of a decent company. I later figured out why! Legitimate complaints in the forum where diluted or pushed down by these spam messages so that someone has to really make an effort to see them! When somehow I managed to post on the forum regarding the issue, I got immediately blocked (please note that I never used any abusive language, as I've used their product for many years)! Now it is for you to decide what sort of a company it is which tries to block such true constructive criticism just because it is bad publicity!

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  • 1 stars

    "Malware/Adware Ruining a Good Product"

    May 09, 2014   |   By lokihands9

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

    Pros

    It works faster and often better than Adobe Reader, plus has an increasingly useful set of functionality for reading, annotating, and printing PDF's.

    Cons

    Adware in the installer! And not just the downloaded one, but during the UPDATES! Some of which is, apparently, nearly impossible to remove. I did not get bitten by this, but only just barely. They had an opt-out malware installer during the LAST screen of the installer, with the smallest checkbox I have ever seen (and I've developed many UI's). It was smaller than an 6pt font letter x. I kid you not. They could use trying to find this checkbox as a vision test for fighter pilots.

    Summary

    If you are a technical expert, on the level that you can avoid installing malware and easily uninstall it manually if you slip up? By all means, strap on your safety goggles and virtual machine sandbox and go wild.

    If you are an average or even above average computer user? Avoid this. It is bundling things in ways that very intentionally try to make you slip up and accidentally install malware and adware. I am no longer recommending this to anyone, and that includes you, dear readers.

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