Adobe Sneaks Browser Add-Ons Into Security Update

Google Chrome users may have noticed that after the latest Adobe Reader update there was a new extension in their browser, this was not a coincidence.

Programs like Adobe and Java have been known to sneak browser add-ons and other bloat into their security updates and it appears that this time Adobe took aim at the Chrome browser. Inside the latest security patch for Adobe Reader DC (15.023.20053) were numerous security patches and a new Chrome extension for Adobe Acrobat. This install was done silently in the background without prompting the user about the additional software they were about to install. Luckily Chrome has a good defense in place, alerting users to a new extension being added and allowing them to disable and remove it before it can stick around too long.

PC Matic customers will avoid bloatware like unwanted extensions from Adobe updates as PC Matic handles vulnerable application updates. Adobe Reader is just one of the applications we automatically update and strip out all unwanted add-ons that sometimes get bundled in. You can see a full list of applications we automatically update below:

  • 7-Zip
  • Adobe AIR
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Flash Player ActiveX
  • Adobe Flash Player PPAPI
  • Adobe Reader
  • Adobe Reader MUI
  • Adobe Reader XI
  • Adobe Shockwave
  • FileZilla
  • Foxit Reader
  • Google Chrome
  • iTunes
  • Java 32
  • Java 64
  • Mozilla FireFox
  • Mozilla SeaMonkey
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • OpenOffice
  • Opera
  • PDF Creator
  • PDFXChange Viewer
  • QuickTime
  • Real Player
  • Safari
  • Skype
  • Winamp
  • WinRAR
  • WinRAR 5.x
  • WireShark

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