What is Adobe Gamma Loader.exe?

The genuine Adobe Gamma Loader.exe file is a software component of Adobe Photoshop by Adobe Systems.
Adobe Gamma Loader.exe is an executable file that is installed with Adobe Photoshop, a popular graphics editing software meant for creative professionals. Adobe Gamma Loader is used to remove color casts in a monitor's display, allowing accurate colors for an image as they might appear on a variety of other devices. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Adobe Photoshop is the current standard in raster graphics editing software. It was first released in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll. The software supports multiple layers and masks, alpha compositing and several color models including RGB, CMYK, Lab color space, spot color and duotone, as well as a huge number of graphic file formats, and plugins created by a worldwide community of digital artists. 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.

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 Gamma Loader.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 Gamma Loader.exe file information

The process known as Calibration Manager belongs to software Adobe Systems, Inc. Adobe Gamma Loader or Project1 or AdobeMANAGER by Adobe Systems ( or Adobe (

Description: Adobe Gamma Loader.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Adobe Gamma Loader.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 113,664 bytes (76% of all occurrences), 110,592 bytes and 11 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders, Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with Adobe Gamma Loader.exe, you can also do the following:
  • visit the support page
  • make sure that you have installed the latest version
  • safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Common File Installer (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)

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If Adobe Gamma Loader.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 65% dangerous. The file size is 20,480 bytes (91% of all occurrences) or 24,576 bytes. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders, Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. There is no information about the author of the file.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Adobe Gamma Loader.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example (detected by Kaspersky), and Downloader (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the Adobe Gamma Loader.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

I am able to open the Games in WinRAR
I unchecked this in msconfig in the run startup menu catagory. Before I did this my Common Files Folder would always open at startup!
Should be there if you have any Adobe products. If not delete it.
  iiTz iRoNiK  
if we remove this one can't we execute any c programs
AVG picked up a virus so did Norten when i scanned it.
There is two variations. One that eat up memory and opens backdoors on your computers for viruses (trojan). And there is one Gamma Loader from Adobe. Did your computer run well before you had it? If it did, then you can certeinly delete it from your startup folder. You might aswell lookup where the shortcut is going to. Right-click, properties and the file path. If it's not Adobe/Photoshop directory, beware!
  Antivirus Mike  
Have Adobe Gama Loader .exe and Adobe Gamma both in the Calibration file and both in Startup. Seems to be responsible for long start up times
Just did a virus scan after deleting it from my start menu, found the project 1 as a virus, i recommend deleting this is you don't have photoshop, and even if you do (like i have) check anyway.
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Summary: Average user rating of Adobe Gamma Loader.exe: based on 82 votes with 9 reviews. 32 users think Adobe Gamma Loader.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 14 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 13 users suspect danger. 20 users think Adobe Gamma Loader.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 7 users don't grade Adobe Gamma Loader.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Adobe Gamma Loader issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Adobe Gamma Loader. 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 Gamma Loader.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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