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I have a problem with all toolbars missing


I have an issue with all toolbars missing. F8 and F9 are not working, nor is resetting the Editor’s settings or reinstalling it.

Note: Under normal circumstances F8 toggles toolbars, and F9 toggles the File menu.* 


This issue seems to effect users with Norton Security running on their PC (If you are experiencing this issue and do not have Norton installed please contact immediately). Norton’s new feature ‘Sonar Protection’. This hunts down any ‘malware’ that attempts to disguise itself by hiding in Windows' operating processes deep within the OS. Unfortunately, Norton flags and locks down some registry settings which are responsible for toolbar settings and layout.  

*In builds up to 322.7, there is an issue with the logic in cases where Ctrl+F8 is used, F8 and F9 will not work. Try using Ctrl+F8 or skipping to the resolution below.


There are 2 steps to be taken in order to recover from Norton’s Sonar protection fault:
1- Add software exceptions for PDF-XChange Editor to Norton. To add a folder to SONAR exclusions:

Open up the N360 interface.

Select the "Settings" tab.

Select "Antivirus" from the Detailed Settings field.

Under the "Scans and Risks" tab, scroll down to the bottom

Locate the "Exclusions / Low Risks" section

Next to "Items to Exclude from Auto-Protect, SONAR...etc" click on "Configure [+]"

A window should pop up labeled "Real Time Exclusions"

Click "Add" and browse to your Tracker Software installation folder (usually located C:\Program Files\Tracker Software). Don't select a specific file, just select the entire Tracker Software folder.

Be sure to check the box for "Include subfolders"

Click "OK" then click "Apply"

2- Now that you have told Norton not to effect changes to Tracker Software products, you can proceed with recovering your toolbars.

Close all tracker software products that may be running on your system. This step is crucial.

Launch regeedit.exe included in every windows operating system. Simply open the start menu and search ‘regedit.exe’

Now navigate to the following registry entry: ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Tracker Software\PDFXEditor\3.0\Settings’. It is very important that you perform the next step in HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU) and NOT in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (HKLM).

Delete the entire \Settings registry under HKCU. It is important that no Tracker Software programs are running. If any are, it will retain these registry keys in memory, and simply repopulate the entries after deletion.

If all is done correctly, when relaunching the Editor, it will see that there is no ‘Tracker Software’ directory under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\ and copy the registry entries from ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Tracker Software’ resulting in the Editor launching with absolute default properties including toolbars.

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