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How do I remove a download from my pc without installing it first

I downloaded the latest Adobe Reader update but haven't installed it yet. Now I want to remove it entirely from my pc without installing it because I now know that it was also going to install some McAfee virus protection software along with the download. I keep getting prompts to install it. I have a nearly new 64 bit HP pc with factory Windows Home Premium 7. I am running the latest Firefox browser. How do I fix this? Thanks, Phil

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  • stephil68 Jul 15, 2010

    By downloading the latest Adobe Reader update and unchecking the McAfee box, I was indeed able to install the download with no McAfee stuff attached.
    The Adobe pop up reminder has gone away too. Thank you for your prompt and very professional help in this matter. Phil



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If you have downloaded the Adobe Reader software using Firefox browser, the installation file is stored in the Downloads folder of the Firefox broser.

To open the folder and delete the file, click on the Tools menu in the Firefox window, then select Downloads. Then you will find a file named "AdbeRdr930_en_US.exe". Right-click on this file and select "Open Containing folder" Then locate the file in that folder, right-click on the file and select Delete.

Hope this solves your problem. For more help and clarifications, please feel free to reply to this post.

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Posted on Jul 12, 2010

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  • AliTech110
    AliTech110 Jul 12, 2010

    Also, if you wish to install the Adobe Reader software without installing McAfee Security Scan Plus, you can do so by downloading the Adobe Reader software from:

    On the page which opens, uncheck the box next to Free McAfee Security Scan Plus and then click on the Download button.

    Thanks again.

  • stephil68 Jul 13, 2010

    Thanks for the prompt reply to my problem. I failed to mention that I had already looked in Downloads but didn't find that file. However, at the bottom right side of my monitor next to the "show hidden icons" button, there is an Adobe icon that when opened, says "update is ready to install" with an Install or Cancel option. My experience has always been that even when a particular download is still listed in the Downloads file, it is unaccessable by the next day. I assume that there is a "rolling delete" built into the browser to keep the files purged after 24hrs. By the way, that reminder telling me that the Adobe file is ready to install has stopped popping up after the first 2-3 days after I downloaded it. I hope this additional info helps. Thanks, Phil

  • AliTech110
    AliTech110 Jul 13, 2010

    Many thanks for the feedback.

    The "Update is ready to install" notification appears as and when Adobe releases latest security fixes and program updates for Adobe Reader. One should always install the updates as it fixes various security vulnerabilities in the program.

    To check whether you Adobe Reader software is updated to the latest or not, open the Adobe Reader and click on "Help" and then select "Check for updates". If the program is already updated to the latest version, it will show "No updates are available"

    Thanks once again.

  • stephil68 Jul 13, 2010

    Hi again, when I try to open Adobe Reader under my Programs, I get a blank window. But up at the top of that window, I click on "help" then "check for updates". Then I only get a dialog box that says "Updater already running". I don't mind going out to the Adobe site and downloading the newest reader again. I would of course uncheck the box for McAfee. I just want to make sure I don't download the one with the checked box because I have had a lot of trouble in the past trying to get rid of Norton and McAfee remnants whenever I go to uninstall their products. What do you think? Thanks again, Phil

  • AliTech110
    AliTech110 Jul 13, 2010

    Many thanks for the reply.

    Since it is displaying that the "Updater is already running", I would suggest that you wait till the latest version files are downloaded and installed automatically.

    Usually, Adobe Reader updates are downloaded only when your internet connection is idle i.e; when you are not using the internet connection for browsing, chatting or downloading other files, etc. So, it takes some time to download the updates depending upon your internet usage pattern.

    If you do not wish to wait for the automatic update, you can download the latest version of the Adobe Reader from the Adobe website (after unchecking the McAfee download box).

    Thanks once again.



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