What is acrodist.exe?

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 8/7/XP are 196,608 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 145,024 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
It is possible to visit the support page, update to a possibly corrected version or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional.

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  

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Summary: Average user rating of acrodist.exe: based on 6 votes with 6 user comments. 5 users think acrodist.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks 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 cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.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: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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