What is AcroIEFavClient.dll?

The genuine AcroIEFavClient.dll file is a software component of Adobe PDF Toolbar for Internet Explorer by Adobe Systems.
An add-on for Internet Explorer, the Adobe PDF Toolbar gives you the ability to view PDF documents in your browser, as well as create PDF documents from an existing web page or email. It allows you to convert the entire page, or convert based on a selection. Additionally, you can create a PDF off of an existing link on the webpage selected. Adobe Systems Incorporated is based in San Jose, CA and provides a multitude of creative multimedia and software products. Founded in 1982, Adobe currently has offices all over the world.

AcroIEFavClient stands for Acrobat Internet Explorer Favorite Client

AcroIEFavClient.dll is a browser extension for Internet Explorer. This add-on enables several additional functions for Internet Explorer. You can disable it through the Extras menu (key combination Alt + X) under Manage Add-ons. The following paragraph provides more information about Adobe PDF Toolbar.

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AcroIEFavClient.dll file information

The process known as Adobe PDF Toolbar for Internet Explorer or Adobe IE plugin or Adobe Acrobat (version 6.0 Professional, 6.0 Standard, 6.0.1 Professional, 6.0.1 Standard, 6.0 Professional - English, Français, Deutsch, 6.0.1 Professional - English, Français, Deutsch, 6.0 Standard - English, Français, Deutsch, 9 Standard - English, Français, Deutsch, 7.0 Professional, 9 Pro Extended - English, Français, Deutsch) or Adobe Acrobat XI Pro

belongs to software Adobe Acrobat (version 8 Professional, 9 Pro Extended, 3D, 9 Professional, 9 Standard, 3D TryOut, 8 Standard) or Adobe PDF Toolbar for IE or Adobe Common File Installer or Adobe Creative Suite (version 2) or Adobe IE plugin or Adobe Production Studio or Adobe Photoshop (version CS6, CS2) or WinImage

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Description: AcroIEFavClient.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. AcroIEFavClient.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder—mostly C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Acrobat\ or C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 147,456 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 225,280 bytes and 5 more variants. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include AE7CD045-E861-484f-8273-0445EE161910 or F4971EE7-DAA0-4053-9964-665D8EE6A077. The program is not visible. AcroIEFavClient.dll is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The service has no detailed description. AcroIEFavClient.dll is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program has no file description. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could do the following:
  1) uninstall the software Adobe Reader using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)
  2) ask Customer Support to assist you
  3) verify that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify AcroIEFavClient.dll related errors

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AcroIEFavClient.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AcroIEFavClient.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Adobe PDF Toolbar has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Adobe plugin for PDFs from Word etc
adobe acrobat 7 update
It is able to monitor Internet browsers. If company's were ethical, and never compromised the clients privacy these helpful programs would be okay, Why can I not be permitted to uninstall Acrobat Update? If it is not absolutley necessary for the program to funktion I don't want to be forced to have it running, for what ever it is really doing.
I can't immagine why anyone would find the Acrobat plugin dangerous. You need this running for the program to work correctly.
seems to be harmless. used for Adobe plugin. just be careful
Adobe Acrobat 6 Pro WWW to PDF Plugin
it deleted my copyrights PDF's and did a call back to Adobe
Adobe just upgraded
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Summary: Average user rating of AcroIEFavClient.dll: based on 54 votes with 9 reviews. 38 users think AcroIEFavClient.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users think AcroIEFavClient.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade AcroIEFavClient.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving AcroIEFavClient issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active AcroIEFavClient process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the AcroIEFavClient.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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