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From Rory O'Farrell <>
Subject Re: PDF-to-ODT conversion
Date Sat, 30 Nov 2013 16:25:44 GMT
On Sat, 30 Nov 2013 11:09:09 -0500
"Maurice Howe" <> wrote:

> BEWARE !!!
> The download of FreeOCR from CNET brought along a huge mess of excess
> baggage.  After 3 attempts at System Restore, running Malware Bytes, Spybot,
> RegCure and Stinger got rid of (what I hope is all of) 243 infections.
> There may be a "clean" version out there but this exercise scared me off.
> I'll try Dave's Google Drive method.  Thanks to all, but I thought this
> warning was in order.  Hope it saves others a lot of grief. 
> Cheers,
> Maurice Howe
> I'm retired. Go around me.

The comments on the cnet freeocr page indicate such infestation. 

You could try Calibre, downloading only from
which will convert a PDF into text. Anything I have ever downloaded from that calibre site
has been clean.

As a general rule I suggest only to download from an application's own site.

Rory O'Farrell <>

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