Everyone knows that Adobe Acrobat Reader 5 and 6 loads slow.

Here's a simple fix to speed that puppy up.
(Easily reversible if you change your mind).

1) Start Adobe Reader. To turn off the splash screen go to Edit - Preferences - Startup then uncheck the box "Display Splash Screen". I also turn off "Show messages and automatically update".
2) Shutdown Adobe Reader. Go to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader (replace the C: if you installed on another drive).
3) Create a new folder called plug_ins_disabled or plug_ins_backup, your choice.
4) Move all the files and the folders (except three files see #5) from the plug_ins folder to the disabled or backup folder you just created.
5) Leave the following three files in the original folder, EWH32.api, search.api and search5.api, if you have them. [If you use adobe to print across the internet, leave in printme.api] [If you want the weblinks to work, leave in escript.ini and weblink.ini]
Now start Adobe Reader and enjoy the speed increase.

(Once again, If you change your mind, simply move all the files back.)

To see more information on the Plug-Ins and how they depend on one another, open Acrobat. From the Help menu choose About Adobe Plug-Ins. Select the Plug-In on the left. On the right, you will see what the Plug-In does and the other Plug-In's that it depends on for full functionality.

NOTE: The following are sets of folders and API files. Select the one you need for your use.

Minimum Load, ability to print and search within PDF

EWH32.api
printme.api
search.api

Add ability to follow embedded web links

EScript.api
EWH32.api
printme.api
search.api
weblink.api

Add ability to play back multimedia content

Multimedia Folder
Checkers.api
EScript.api
EWH32.api
IA32.api
printme.api
TouchUp.api
search.api
weblink.api
WebPDF.api