What is adobe.exe?

The genuine adobe.exe file is a software component of Adobe Acrobat by Adobe Systems.
Adobe.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 is associated with online services. 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.

Adobe stands for Adobe Acrobat

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.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.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with adobe
Adobe.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as FL or downloader or Adobe Flash Controller belongs to software FL or downloader or Adobe Flash by SoftIce or Adobe (

Description: Adobe.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file adobe.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 147,456 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows core file. adobe.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as adobe.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan.Gen or WS.Reputation.1 (detected by Symantec), and Artemis!5AEC985807EA (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the adobe.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 issues

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