What is acrotray.exe?

The genuine acrotray.exe file is a software component of Adobe Acrobat by Adobe Systems.
Acrotray.exe is an executable 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). This process runs the system tray icon for Adobe Acrobat. 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.

AcroTray stands for Adobe Acrobat Tray Icon

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 acrotray.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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Acrotray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with acrotray
Acrotray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as AcroTray

belongs to software Adobe Acrobat (version 9 Pro, 9 Standard, 9 Pro Extended, 8 Professional, 3D, 3D version 8) or Adobe Acrobat XI Pro or Adobe Acrobat X Pro or Adobe Creative Suite (version 6 Master Collection, 5 Master Collection, 5 Master, 6 Master, 2, 5 Design Premium, 5 Web Premium) or Adobe Acrobat DC or Adobe Acrobat XI Standard or Adobe Acrobat X Standard or Adobe Common File Installer or Adobe Photoshop (version CS5) or Adobe Acrobat Elements or Adobe InDesign (version CS6, CS5) or Adobe Photoshop Elements (version 11, 12)

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Description: Acrotray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Acrotray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder—mostly C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat x.0\Distillr\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 483,328 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 623,992 bytes and 45 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The acrotray.exe file is digitally signed. Acrotray.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to get help from the software vendor Adobe, see if there is a newer version or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramAdobe Acrobat XI Pro or Adobe Acrobat.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as acrotray.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan.Adclicker (detected by Symantec), and Trojan:Win32/Meredrop (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the acrotray.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

During print to pdf a graphic file error shows "Acro Tray " is not working. What does it mean ?
  Lallan ji upadhyay.  
Acrobat is pointlessly complicated and slow. It's just a reader for crying out loud. Does Acrotray have anything to do with this?
Does not do anything, aside from eat up memory. No-one uses this.
  another guy (truly)  
Does not do anything, aside from eat up memory. No-one uses this.
Adobe Acrobat Reader to open PDF files
help for converting file to pdf at any webpages
this file consumes a lot of CPU power. sometimes i have to simply walk away and get a cup of coffee
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of acrotray.exe: based on 91 votes with 9 reviews. 52 users think acrotray.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. 12 users think acrotray.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 9 users don't grade acrotray.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving acrotray issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with acrotray. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the acrotray.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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