How to remove the linkreader.dll malware

The AcroIEHelpe.dll file is a software component of Adobe Acrobat by Adobe Systems.
AcroIEHelpe.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) 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). DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. 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.

AcroIEHelpe stands for Adobe Acrobat Internet Explorer Helper

Some anti-malware programs classify AcroIEHelpe.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: such as PWS:Win32/Banker.N or TrojanSpy:Win32/Nadebanker.G (detected by Microsoft), and WS.Reputation.1 or Infostealer.Nadebanker (detected by Symantec). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated linkreader.dll software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about linkreader.dll and how to get rid of it.

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AcroIEHelpe.dll file information

The process known as linkreader.dll belongs to software Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper by Adobe Systems (

Description: AcroIEHelpe.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AcroIEHelpe.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 236,496 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 277,456 bytes and 12 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 B782EDE4-CCB3-4E3E-981F-96C68116F38C or F22C37FD-2BCB-40b6-A12E-77DDA1FBDD88 or 6 more variants. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. It is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The file is digitally signed. AcroIEHelpe.dll is not a Windows core file. AcroIEHelpe.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify AcroIEHelpe.dll related errors

Important: Some malware also uses the file name AcroIEHelpe.dll, for example PWS:Win32/Banker.N or TrojanSpy:Win32/Nadebanker.G (detected by Microsoft), and WS.Reputation.1 or Infostealer.Nadebanker (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the AcroIEHelpe.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If linkreader.dll 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.


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Summary: Average user rating of AcroIEHelpe.dll: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think AcroIEHelpe.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving AcroIEHelpe issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active AcroIEHelpe process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the AcroIEHelpe.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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