What is AcroRd32.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 AcroRd32.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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AcroRd32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AcroRd32
AcroRd32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Adobe Reader (version 7.0, 8.1, 6.0, 8.0, 8.3, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4) or Portable Document Format or Acrobat Reader (version 5.0)

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

by Adobe Systems (

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 8/7/XP are 71,288 bytes (24% of all occurrences), 65,536 bytes and 43 more variants. 
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. The file is digitally signed. It is a Verisign signed file. AcroRd32.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user 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 Customer Service [1][2] or check the vendor’s website for a newer version [1][2].

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If AcroRd32.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 17,408 bytes. The software has no file description. The program has no visible window. The AcroRd32.exe file is not a Windows core 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

This can help acrord32.exe: (At least allow to open the PDF documents in the browser and front there save as usual. Then it comes anytime you open a PDF the MFucker acrord32.exe but you already could download the document in the explorer… 1. Open Adobe Reader XI o whatever you have. 2. Edit. 3. Accessibility. 4. Set up Assistant. 5. Next. (Go next until the end…done!). 6. Next. 7. Next. 8. Next. 9. Check display documents in the web browser. 10. Done!
Lot, lots of memory (Still not a virus)
100% CPU!!!
nothing, appears to be interferring with my Adobe files and should be deleted....
  Richard Undderwood  
open the file PDF
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.
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Summary: Average user rating of AcroRd32.exe: based on 51 votes with 9 reviews. 16 users think AcroRd32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 14 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 8 users suspect danger. 8 users think AcroRd32.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 13 users don't grade AcroRd32.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving AcroRd32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AcroRd32. 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 AcroRd32.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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