Adobe Reader IconThe Adobe Reader is by far the most popular way to open, read, and print PDF (portable document format) files, the file type that lets us share formatted documents across the Internet.

But like most programs that almost everyone has on their computer, Adobe Reader is again under fire from those bad-guys who try to exploit popular programs so that they can do something bad to our computer. (CLICK HERE to read a recent article I wrote called “PDF File Security Issues).

The good news is, Adobe typically responds quickly to security threats, releasing an Adobe Reader update within a day or so after the problem is discovered.

But that leads me to another observation. Have you ever noticed how often there seems to be an Adobe Reader Update?

OK, it’s not every day.  But it can sure seem like it.

You turn on your computer, and not long after you see the Windows desktop appear, you’ll see a small notice down in  your taskbar “tray” area (now called the “notification area”) or a pop-up window that says something like… “Update Available“.

It seems like sometimes, Adobe really ENJOYS bothering us with yet another update.

But again, keep in mind that these updates typically fix a security issue, and are therefore very important to do… at least when time permits and you are not too busy using your computer.

The next question is, how do you do an update?

For most of you, the Adobe Reader update probably happens automatically. Quite a few years ago, Adobe began including a small memory-resident program called the Adobe Updater when you installed the Reader. This updater routinely checks for updates and then gets them when they are available.

But, being the paranoid type and all, I’m one of those who likes to check for updates myself, now and then. And that’s what I’d like to show you how to do here.

I’ve put together about a 14 minute video that shows you how to check to see if you have the latest version of the Adobe Reader, and how to manually update it if you don’t.

Click the video below to see it.

Adobe Reader Update – checking your version and manually updating…

Click the lower-right corner button (above) to go Full Screen—>>>full screen button

Once the video starts playing, click the “gear” button (above) to change the video quality—>>>fix camera lag

As always, I’d love to hear about your own personal experiences with updating the Adobe Reader or anything else Reader-related. You can leave your comments below!

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