I had exactly the same problems, and it goes that because I wanted an English version of Adobe Reader, went obviously to adobe.com but because I am based in Europe, oh... this site decides to be so lame and Fail to Initialise and couldn't even redirect me by detecting my IP address, but could detect enough to not let me install a simple reader !!!
So this link is the link for European IP address users, http://get.adobe.com/de/reader/enterprise/ and then you just have to copy paste into translate.google.com to know what to do, and you can still download English or any other language...
However this is all lame and poorly organised for a company the size of adobe, and their help thingo was a complete waste of time, obviously it was only geared to the US !! Hello the rest of the world exists too.
Anyway hope this is of help, I even went to foxit reader and it's faster, but needed adobe for the pdf to be able to be opened in photoshop !!! aggghhhh these people and their control freakish *****