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Is AcroRd32.exe safe?

AcroRd32.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if AcroRd32.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

AcroRd32.exe file information

The process known as Adobe Reader (version 7.0, 6.0, 8.1, 8.0, 8.3, 9.2, 9.4) or Portable Document Format or Acrobat Reader (version 5.0)

belongs to software Adobe Reader (version 8) or Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat Reader or Adobe Reader X or Adobe Reader XI or Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Reader X MUI or Adobe Technical Communication Suite

by Adobe Systems (www.adobe.com).

Description: AcroRd32.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AcroRd32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (usually C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat x.0\Reader\). Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 65,536 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 71,288 bytes and 33 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/acrord32.exe.html 
The AcroRd32.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. You can uninstall this program in the control panel. AcroRd32.exe is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If you have any problems with AcroRd32.exe, you can uninstall Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs", contact www.adobe.com Customer Service [1][2] or check the vendor’s website for a newer version [1][2].

Recommended: Identify AcroRd32.exe related errors

If AcroRd32.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 171,008 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The software uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. The file is not a Windows core file. AcroRd32.exe is able to record inputs, hide itself and monitor applications.

If AcroRd32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 17,408 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AcroRd32.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AcroRd32.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

Eats resources, end process in task manager if not reading PDFs
When it hogs memory, delete from Windows Task Manager
This AcroRd32.exe process eats up 50% of the CPU time and problem is it cascades to all of my other processes but it's back to normal after i end this AcroRd32.exe process.
Has been causing crashes on my Vista for ages !
Once again, Jari Ahtiainen'a advice was excellent. I would never had suspected Adobe Reader for creating this problem. Now I can even listen to streaming radio :-) Thanks!
Jari Ahtiainen is right. found this setting and it cured the problem thanks ie in adobe got to edit, preferences, internet, uncheck allow fast view and uncheck allow speculative downloading
When ever I open any PDF file I get the error message: manual.pdf Adobe Reader: AcroAd.exe-Application Erroe. The instructions at 0x07000609c reference memory at 0x00000014. The memory could not be read. Click O. K. to terminate program. Then the PDF document freezes up.
  James J.  
It is Adobe Reader.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of AcroRd32.exe: based on 46 votes with 9 reviews.
15 users think AcroRd32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 13 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 7 users suspect danger. 6 users think AcroRd32.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 12 users don't grade AcroRd32.exe ("not sure about it").

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