While giving a talk at the Dayton-Cincinnati Code Camp, my computer started dragging to a crawl—PowerPoint was hung, Visual Studio 2005 wouldn't respond—very bad. I'm comfortable with multi-tasking so I fired up Process Explorer while I continued to introduce the session topic. When Process Explorer was up, the culprit was revealed. Both cores of my CPU were pegged by the Adobe Updater software. Discovering this, I couldn't help pointing out the problem to the audience (with some choice comments) and logged a todo item in the back of my mind to get rid of the Adobe PDF Reader ASAP.
Today, I am Adobe Free. I removed the PDF Reader and the diabolical Adobe Updater. Today I'm running Foxit and I couldn't be happier. It's much faster than Adobe's reader. My machine actually responds as if chains have been removed from it. Thanks Foxit!