What is AdobeUpdateManager.exe?

The genuine AdobeUpdateManager.exe file is a software component of Adobe Reader by Adobe Systems.
AdobeUpdateManager.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 process runs the Update Manager application for Adobe Reader. 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.

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 AdobeUpdateManager.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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AdobeUpdateManager.exe file information

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

The process known as Adobe Update Manager belongs to software Adobe Reader or Adobe Update Manager or Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Common File Installer by Adobe Systems (

Description: AdobeUpdateManager.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file AdobeUpdateManager.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 313,472 bytes (77% of all occurrences), 307,200 bytes or 118,784 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The AdobeUpdateManager.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Adobe provides direct support ( and update information ( You could uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Adobe Reader or Adobe Common File Installer).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AdobeUpdateManager.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan:Win32/Duberath.B (detected by Microsoft), and Backdoor.Win32.VB.lfw (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the AdobeUpdateManager.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

Ensure that your Adobe Acrobat Reader is up to date.
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Summary: Average user rating of AdobeUpdateManager.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think AdobeUpdateManager.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving AdobeUpdateManager issues

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