How to Turn off/disable Protected Mode in Adobe Reader X

by Venkat eswarlu on November 19, 2010

in How to,tips and tricks

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.

Adobe Reader to add “Protected mode” with Sandbox Technology to Prevent attacks

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.

disable protected mode in Adobe Reader X thumb How to Turn off/disable Protected Mode in Adobe Reader X

Caution: Adobe should have added this sort of sandboxed protection to Adobe Reader much before, better later than never. Users should never disable this feature, which protects from malicious PDF files executing malicious JavaScript code on user’s Computer.

We’ve covered this article to let you know that, this feature is enabled by default and there is a way to disable Protected mode.


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie July 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Thank you for your webpage – this popup has been bothering me for a week! All good now :)


BZAG August 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

It is ridiculous that Adobe put this on by default in the first implementation of the feature. The first implementation should have been a warning message only, with followup links to assist in disabling it. I have many pdf files that will not open without disabling it and there are absolutely no problems in those pdfs at all, yet Protected Mode won’t open them. I don;t understand how a development organization like Adobe can throw the baby out with the bath water like this. But I forget that once the iconoclasts stared running the show everywhere there is simply no customer feedback anymore. Adobe is certainly no exception.


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