What is Adobe CEF Helper.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 Adobe CEF Helper.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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Adobe CEF Helper.exe file information

The process known as Adobe CEF Helper belongs to software Adobe Flash Professional (version CS6) or Adobe Photoshop (version CS6) or Adobe Creative Suite (version 6 Master Collection) or Adobe Dreamweaver (version CS6) or Adobe Photoshop CC by Adobe Systems (

Description: Adobe CEF Helper.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Adobe CEF Helper.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 174,256 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 459,952 bytes or 168,640 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The Adobe CEF Helper.exe file is digitally signed. The Adobe CEF Helper.exe file is not a Windows core file. It is a Verisign signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous.

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If Adobe CEF Helper.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 25% dangerous. The file size is 490,160 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 419,704 bytes, 395,120 bytes or 490,360 bytes. The program has no visible window. The Adobe CEF Helper.exe file is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows core file.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with Adobe CEF Helper.exe occur, you may want to uninstall the software Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection or Adobe Flash Professional CS6 using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program) or ask the developer, Adobe, for assistance.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Adobe CEF Helper.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Adobe CEF Helper.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.


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Best practices for resolving Adobe CEF Helper issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Adobe CEF Helper. 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.

To help you analyze the Adobe CEF Helper.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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