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- John Corliss
March 18, 2006, 1:37 pm
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version 7.0.5 installed. I recently took note of the fact that when I
open Windows Explorer and then select (left click once on) a file name
ending in ".pdf", Windows Task Manager indicates that an executable
named "AcroRd32Info.exe" initiates and then runs for 30 seconds.
My understanding from doing a Google is that this little program is
supposed to make Acrobat Reader able to open the .pdf file faster.
Now how hard would it be for a malware author to create something that
could exploit this capability? Apparently this has been a subject of
discussion since at least July 2005:
(search for "AcroRd32Info.exe" on the page)
My question is, how smart was Adobe to create such a thing? Better yet,
since if they can write software that does this kind of thing, *anybody*
can, how smart was it for Microsoft to make such a thing possible in
Unless I'm missing something, simply clicking on a file name ONCE could
theoretically or even factually start the downloading, installation
and-or running of *any* kind of malware.
I would like to know, if possible, how to deactivate this kind of thing.
Is it a service running in the background that allows left clicking once
on a file name to activate a program or is it something that's built
into the kernel or what?
Any serious discussion about this subject will be greatly appreciated.
Regards from John Corliss