What is Acrobat.exe?

The genuine Acrobat.exe file is a software component of Adobe Acrobat by Adobe Systems.
This is the executable for the Adobe Acrobat Writer. This software is used for creating and editing PDF documents, including the ability to "print" a document as a PDF file. The Adobe Writer is often used alongside Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free utility offered for PDF viewing only.

Acrobat stands for Adobe Acrobat

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the Acrobat.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Acrobat.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Acrobat
Acrobat.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Adobe Acrobat (version 7.0, 8.1, 9.0, 9.1, 8.0) belongs to software Adobe Acrobat (version 8 Professional, 9 Pro, 9 Standard) or Adobe Acrobat XI Pro or Adobe Acrobat X Pro by Adobe Systems (

Description: Acrobat.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Acrobat.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 349,808 bytes (19% of all occurrences), 75,376 bytes and 10 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. The file is a Verisign signed file. Acrobat.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional or Adobe Acrobat)
  2) go to the support area of the Adobe website
  3) check if there is a newer version available.

Recommended: Identify Acrobat.exe related errors

If Acrobat.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 90,112 bytes. Acrobat.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Acrobat.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Acrobat.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

it's part of the adobe-family (version 6.0)
I think it effs things up and does not need to run!

Summary: Average user rating of Acrobat.exe: based on 4 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think Acrobat.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Acrobat issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Acrobat. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the Acrobat.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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