I just got an email to which I almost ran a spam/phishing link.
http://www.adobe.com/support/reader/ says: Adobe Reader 2011 is an Acrobat/Reader email spam/phishing scam. Do not click the links in the email.
I don't know if this is a new one, or I just got it, but be careful if you see this fake, destructive email.
I have never received an email from Adobe yet. That would be the first clue, IMO.
If you didn't solicit it, it's fake.
Unless you sign for "newsletter" about software practically there is no chance that you will get email about updating any software. You can get info about update for software form software internal auto update future, but it is never in form of email but some on screen info.
So in short: virtually all emails about updating software are scams. The only exclusion can be made to this rule if you are subscribed to mailing list (newsletter) for software.
All of these posted answers are correct.
Use the feature within the app to check for an update manually if you want to, but usually, they auto-check and then ask you to do an update. Never trust an email.
If you have an all in one security product like Norton Internet Security 2011 installed you don't have to worry about phishing emails. This product will protect your PC.
Never fully rely on those products. The best defense against scam is awareness. Security (anti-whatever) products are normally 1 step behind the most current scam.
I got an acquaintance who lost an Ebay auction. Shortly thereafter he got an email giving him a second chance to purchase the product. He got suspicious but his friend convinced him that the email was indeed legit. "Hey, it's got Ebay logo"... that's all it takes to convince him . There goes his hard earned a thousand bucks.
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