What is Adobe Desktop Service.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 Desktop Service.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 Desktop Service.exe file information

The process known as Creative Cloud or Service for Adobe Desktop Apps belongs to software Adobe Creative Cloud by Adobe Systems (

Description: Adobe Desktop Service.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Adobe Desktop Service.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,360,000 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 2,266,800 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. Adobe Desktop Service.exe is not a Windows system file. The Adobe Desktop Service.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Adobe Desktop Service.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Adobe Desktop Service.exe. Therefore, you should check the Adobe Desktop Service.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

Assists with Adobe's Creative Cloud service. Unnecessary if you're not using their cloud offerings.
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Summary: Average user rating of Adobe Desktop Service.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Adobe Desktop Service issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Adobe Desktop Service. 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 Adobe Desktop Service.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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