What is AdobeARM.exe?

The genuine AdobeARM.exe file is a software component of Adobe Reader by Adobe Systems.
AdobeARM.exe is an executable file that belongs to Adobe Reader, a freeware tool developed by Adobe to view, print and share files in Adobe's proprietary PDF format. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Adobe Reader (originally called Acrobat Reader) was one of the first programs developed to read files written in the PDF format. The software was made available free of charge on the release of version 2.0. The current version features editing tools, highlighting options, footnotes, accessibility options, multiple screen modes and support for touch screens. 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.

AdobeArM stands for Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager

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 AdobeARM.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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AdobeARM.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AdobeARM
AdobeARM.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager or Adobe Reader X (version (10.1.2)) or Windows Update Application Launcher

belongs to software Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager or Adobe Reader or Adobe Refresh Manager or Adobe Reader X or Adobe Reader XI or Adobe Reader X MUI or Adobe Acrobat XI Standard or Adobe Reader XI MUI

by Adobe Systems ( or Microsoft (

Description: AdobeARM.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AdobeARM.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 959,904 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 958,576 bytes and 26 more variants. 
AdobeARM.exe is a Verisign signed file. The AdobeARM.exe file is digitally signed. AdobeARM.exe is not a Windows system file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, DEFAULT\Runonce, RunOnce). AdobeARM.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 17% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to uninstall Adobe Refresh Manager or Adobe Reader software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7), consult Adobe’s Customer Service or make sure that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify AdobeARM.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AdobeARM.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example WS.Reputation.1 or Trojan.Gen (detected by Symantec), and TROJ_FORUCON.BMC or TROJ_GEN.FC2CKJV (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the AdobeARM.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

AdobeARM.exe is a part of new Adobe Acrobat\Reader updater. If you manage updates yourself, it is absolutely safe to remove it from Run registry.
  Leo   (further information)
Tells you if there is a new version of Adobe Reader available. I was having trouble with Reader X so I uninstalled it and went back to version 9, problem solved, I'm running XP w/ latest updates. Version X works fine on my Win. 7 laptop.
As already said its part of the Adobe Updater. Whenever I launch Adobe 10 for example, a few seconds later this process is also launched and creates an icon in the taskbar. It also pops up a rather annoying ballon info that updates are available. I got rid of this by creating an empty .exe-file (with QBasic) and exchanging the four updater-files in C:\Program Files\Common Files" with this empty one with the same names as the original files. Now every time Acrobat wants to launch the updater, it just launches the empty file. Acrobat is happy and so am I because im rid of these update popups
AdobeARM.exe is constantly running on my PC. It uses 70% of my memory and 60% of my CPU time. I can stop it in Task Manager Process but I can't delete it or uninstall it.
Just another executable from Adobe that they send along with their actual programs, for starting them ahead of time, managing common background data, etc. Taking into account the resources it uses, and the delay it adds to a system start-up, it's not worth running. Probably installs other crap that you "agreed" to installing, by spacing-out during one of the installation steps--too late now!
Automatic Adobe Updates are Frightening
I'm not sure,but I think long ago I delete all Adobe stuff.
Adobe Updater - safe
AdobeARM.exe , once found in processes in Task manager, often seems to be replicating windows process, with large RAM demands. Adobe opens an interface to download updates, alarmingly frequently.
  A. Quibble  
It's virus.I bought a computer Sony Vaio Dou 13.In this computer had software Adobe reader XI MUI.It is able to record keyboard and mouse input and full disk C.
seems that 64 bit machines have a new run directory. need to also check in directory HKLM\Software\wow6432node\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run found it by searching for adobearm.exe in the registry. also worth deleting the file in the program files (x86)\common... directory. Adobe are soo lame.
You can also disable it in Services and/or disable the Scheduled Task for it.
Adode Acrobat Reader Datei

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of AdobeARM.exe: based on 21 votes with 13 user comments. 4 users think AdobeARM.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users think AdobeARM.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade AdobeARM.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving AdobeARM issues

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