Here is a fix that doesn’t require the sender to change anything. Note that this requires changing registry keys, so always be careful in there.
- Open Regedit.exe
- Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\11.0\FeatureLockDown\cDefaultLaunchAttachmentPerms
- Locate in the value list, .ZIP:3 and edit to read .ZIP:1 this changes the behaviour to prompt the user for an action (save or open).
- Close Regedit and open Adobe.
And now you should be able to open .zip files from inside Adobe Acrobat.
Note: It is not advisable to edit Windows Registry manually. This is to be done by Advanced Users only. Inappropriate edit may cause system crash also.