Adobe Reader Speedup

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 21, 2007
Updated • Sep 1, 2013

Many users do not like to use Adobe Reader when it comes to reading pdf documents on the computer because of its slow loading time which is mainly caused by the many plugins that are loaded during start-up. It seems to take ages until Adobe Reader initializes itself and displays the pdf document that one wanted to view.

Several freeware alternatives - like Foxit Reader - are available to display pdf documents as well and do that a lot faster than the Adobe Reader. I would like to introduce another possibility and that is to use the software Adobe Reader SpeedUp which speeds up the loading time of Adobe Reader tremendously.

It scans your system automatically for Adobe Reader versions and has the option to speed up the pdf viewer by removing some of the plugins that are loaded during startup. It is possible to either uncheck plugins manually or select one out of four different templates.

I decided to try the Turbo template which loads only a handful of plugins. This had the effect that Adobe Reader was starting instantly, almost as fast as if you would be starting Notepad. This is a huge difference to the time it took to start before.

adobe reader speed up

You might want to make sure that you do not need the plugins that are deactivated in this process. The Plugin Help button explains what each plugin does which means that you can now make a decision based on those information.

I'm using Adobe Reader to view pdf documents which works well with the Turbo setting. If you use it for instance to view ebooks protected with DRM you would need the eBook Adobe DRM plugin.

Update: Adobe Reader Speedup has been discontinued A working alternative for Windows is PDF Speedup which offers a similar feature set. The program is compatible with older and the latest Adobe Reader.

You need to install the program before you can use it. It offers the following options:

  • Remove all or select plugins from being loaded during Adobe Acrobat or Reader start-up.
  • Bypass the Adobe splash screen during start.
  • Turn of Updates features.
  • Remove "My eBooks" folder created in "My Documents" on the system.
  • Turn off Adobe product advertisements.
  • Disable browser integration.
  • Remove PrintMe and Adobe Reader icons.
  • Clear Adobe Reader recent file history.
  • Improve speed for LAN and cable connections.

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  1. Valery said on February 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    PDF-XChange is also excellent and needn’t to hack for work. I use it for long time and haven’t any problem with my pdf-files. PDF-XChange Viewer the fastest, most feature rich alternative to Acrobat available – and unless you need really advanced features – its free!

  2. woxfr said on January 15, 2010 at 5:44 am

    why don’t U use DSL Speed ?

  3. Thinker said on August 21, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    I prefer also Foxit Reader, there is no need to hack it for proper fast working.

  4. Roman ShaRP said on August 21, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    Good utility, but way more elegant – like you say – to install Foxit Reader, and forget Acrobat like a nightmare ;)

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