What is acrodist.exe?

The genuine acrodist.exe file is a software component of Adobe Acrobat by Adobe Systems.
AcroDist.exe is an executable file that belongs to Adobe Acrobat, a group of software and web services created by Adobe, to create, view, modify and print files in the Portable Document Format (PDF). This process runs Acrobat Distiller, a program that converts documents from PostScript format to Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format). This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Adobe Acrobat comes bundles with Reader (formerly Acrobat Reader), a freeware tool that can view, print and annotate PDF files; Acrobat (formerly Acrobat Exchange), a paid software that can create PDF documents; and, a file hosting service. Adobe Systems Incorporated is an American software giant that develops software products for web design, video editing, web hosting, image editing, servers, as well as formats such as Flash and PDF. The company was established in 1982 by Charles Geschke and John Warnockin and is currently headquartered in San Jose, California.

AcroDist stands for Adobe Acrobat Distiller

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 acrodist.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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Acrodist.exe file information

The process known as Acrobat Distiller belongs to software Acrobat Distiller for Windows by Adobe Systems (

Description: Acrodist.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Acrodist.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 196,608 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 407,928 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. The file is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to visit the support page, update to a possibly corrected version or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramAdobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat X Pro.

Recommended: Identify acrodist.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as acrodist.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the acrodist.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

Belongs to Adobe Acrobat
Ist eine Komponente vom Adobe Acrobat Distiller. Ein drag-and-drop Programm welches PostScript Files in ein PDF konvertiert.
Spiked my cpu and pc kept crashing
Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat Distiller
  Bjarne Zeb Jørgensen  
Was using almost half of my cpu's resources and wasn't even running any of acrobat's products.
Die Aufforderungen beim Start AcroDistel fehlt, ich solle es erneut installieren, tauchten gleichzeitig mit der Weigerung des Acrobat auf, Word-Dokumente in PDF umzuwandeln. Da hieß es dann immer, das Programm fehlt auf meinem PC
  Hans-Jörg Langen  
Had to kill process as it was using 13% of my cpu doing nothing.

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Summary: Average user rating of acrodist.exe: based on 7 votes with 7 user comments. 5 users think acrodist.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving acrodist issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with acrodist. 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 acrodist.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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