Protected Mode in Adobe Reader X is enabled by default and malicious PDF documents can’t launch arbitrary executable files or write to system directories or the Windows registry inside sandboxed layer. Let us take a look at how to disable Adobe Reader X’ s Protected mode.
Disabling Protected Mode in Adobe Reader X
1. Open Adobe Reader X.
2. From Edit menu select Preferences.
3. Once Preferences dialog window opens, select ‘General’ category on the list, uncheck or remove tick mark for “Enable protected mode at startup”
Adobe Reader’s Protected Mode will be turned off.
UPDATE May 21, 2015: Adobe Reader X has got a new name, it’s Adobe Reader DC. After installing latest version,
Select Preferences (Ctrl +K Shortcut) from Edit Menu, select ‘Security (Enhanced)’ in Categories, uncheck ‘Enable Protected Mode at Startup ‘ and close that dialog.
We’ve covered this article to let you know that, this feature is enabled by default and there is a way to disable the Protected mode.