pdf builder no virus no malware

December 1, 2019 at 02:30:55
Specs: Windows 10, 8GB
I don't know why exactly, but it seems to me that ANY software out there that allows to "print to PDF format" contains malware at best, and viruses in the worst case. There's no other piece of software that seems to have this issue. Yes, there is a lot of malware around, but you usually see if you get redirected to certain infamous sites, or you see the download page with more ads than useful information.

So my question is: which print-to-PDF is reliable in the area of malware/virus, excluding Adobe itself ?


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#1
December 1, 2019 at 03:00:07
Just use the built in one.

Print to PDF in Windows 10
http://www.cnet.com/au/how-to/print...

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#2
December 1, 2019 at 07:52:18
I've used cutePDF for many decades without a single malware or virus issue. It installs as a printer on your system and should be available in the printer choice menu of all applications.

https://www.cutepdf.com/index.htm

However, as Johnw pointed out, it's now built in to Windows 10. In addition, most full featured office document application allow for printing to (or even direct Save As) PDF capabilities.

Not sure about Wordpad.

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December 1, 2019 at 08:25:21
> I've used cutePDF for many decades without a single malware or virus issue.
> It installs as a printer on your system and should be available in the printer
> choice menu of all applications.
>
> https://www.cutepdf.com/index.htm
>

I wasn't going to mention first, but CutePDF is amongst the ones that have a doubtful reputation. I may have gotten it from the wrong webstie ..
It's not just me saying that, Wikipedia ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CutePDF ) says:
"Some (e.g. Primo PDF and CutePDF) were removed from the list for privacy considerations as they contain adware/spyware components"


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#4
December 1, 2019 at 08:27:14
> Just use the built in one.
>
> Print to PDF in Windows 10
> http://www.cnet.com/au/how-to/print...

I forgot about that, I'll have a test if it is any good. You know, the zip-feature is also built into Windows, but badly.


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#5
December 1, 2019 at 08:29:25
> Not sure about Wordpad.

Why would you create a PDF from a RichText format ? The point is that you remove the complexity of rigid formats such as DOC and DOCX, or web content, into a portable file.
Rich Text is already portable ? It's like creating a PDF from a Text file. Where is the point ?


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#6
December 1, 2019 at 08:36:24
Perhaps I'm missing something here... but if one downloads "anything" off the web and installs it... using the manual/custom mode to install it (not the proffered/default automatic), that usually avoids most (all?) unwanted stuff - including assorted malewares?

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#7
December 1, 2019 at 09:16:15
> Why would you create a PDF from a RichText format ?

As one example, to share with others without giving them the ability to edit the document.

We do it at work all the time. We create documents in whatever application that fits the need, then save/print it as a PDF. Once shared, it cannot (easily) be edited by others and you know that if they share it further, it will (most likely) be the same as the original. Sure, if someone wants to get sneaky, they can take steps to edit the PDF, but that's a lot more work than editing a Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Rich Text doc.

In addition to the editing issue, just about anyone can open a PDF even if they have no word processing application on their system, be it a desktop, phone, iPad, Chromebook, whatever. There aren't too many formats that are more "shareable" than a PDF, assuming that no editing by the receiver is required.

We all use our systems differently. Not one size fits all. Your other thread was related to Wordpad, so I simply included the fact that I don't know if Wordpad allows for saving as a PDF. Nothing more.

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#8
December 1, 2019 at 09:29:47
> but CutePDF is amongst the ones that have a doubtful reputation.

I can only speak from my experience. As I mentioned, I've used CutePDF for many decades without a single malware or virus issue. However, things may have changed since the last time I installed it. Since I now use the built in PDF creation utilities and/or PDF creation apps provided by my company, I no longer have a need for CutePDF.

I did see posts on various forums that claim that users can opt-out of any adware that comes with CutePDF, but based on my recollection there was no need for that in the past. Things do change, but not always for the best. It's always good to do, as you have done, background research before installing any app.


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#9
December 1, 2019 at 14:13:12
"I wasn't going to mention first, but CutePDF is amongst the ones that have a doubtful reputation"
It is now 100% clean.

CutePDF Writer
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Offic...
"Tweaks during the installation process
Although the installation should be as easy as 1-2-3, you should be a bit careful when clicking the 'Next' button because the setup package also includes third-party software that can modify the settings of your Internet browser."
http://www.freewarefiles.com/CutePD...

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#10
December 1, 2019 at 15:05:59
One can but echo Johnw’s advice re’ watching for unwanted “stuff” or system changes (and not just browser settings). Hence the manual/custom option and watching for “any pre checked boxes - which uncheck of course apart from the actual item required.

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#11
December 1, 2019 at 15:45:02
Yes the most common one is Adobe Flash Player.
http://fs5.directupload.net/images/...

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