Whenever I open a pdf document in Adobe Reader, the background of the document has a 'chessboard' checker effect, making the text difficult to read. Is there a way to get rid of this effect?
In Acrobat Reader, selct the Edit --> Prefernces. Select "Page Display" on the left.
Locate the "Page Content and Information" section and uncheck the item "Show Transparency grid".
Click OK and it should be resolved.