Inevitably, as Microsoft improved its update process for Windows and other products, hackers have turned to other ways of infecting users' machines.
The measures needed to protect against Adobe attacks are the same as you would take to protect against other malware. In other words, use a frequently patched operating system, running credentials without administrator rights, and use a recognised and current antivirus and antimalware system.
Also keep an eye out for any security news about Adobe software or add-ons, and ensure you keep it up to date. Run the Adobe Updater program, which requires administrator rights to install updates.
As a rule, take extra care when opening Adobe files if the source of the file is untrusted.
This was first published in February 2010