What is AdobeUpdater.exe?

The genuine AdobeUpdater.exe file is a software component of Adobe Reader by Adobe Systems.
This process runs in the background and continuously monitors for updates to the Adobe Reader software. When it determines that there are updates to the installed version, it prompts the user to upgrade. It can also be set to automatically update.

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 AdobeUpdater.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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AdobeUpdater.exe file information

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

The process known as Adobe Updater belongs to software Adobe Reader or Adobe Updater or Adobe Software Updater or Adobe Common File Installer or Adobe Update Manager (version CS3) by Adobe Systems (

Description: AdobeUpdater.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AdobeUpdater.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,321,600 bytes (54% of all occurrences), 2,356,088 bytes, 208,896 bytes, 2,372,240 bytes or 970,752 bytes. 
The AdobeUpdater.exe file is not a Windows core file. AdobeUpdater.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. AdobeUpdater.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 10% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Adobe Reader or Adobe Update Manager CS3, update it, or get help from the software vendor. Click on to update it, click on for support, or click on Adobe Reader or Adobe Update Manager CS3 in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs category) to uninstall it.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name AdobeUpdater.exe, for example Trojan:Win32/Duberath.B (detected by Microsoft), and Trojan.Dosvine or Bitcoinminer (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the AdobeUpdater.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

Very persistent uses 50% to 100% processor time. Won't be removed by STM.
  Pat D  
This process hogs all the CPU and you can't kill it!!!

Summary: Average user rating of AdobeUpdater.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user suspects danger. One user thinks AdobeUpdater.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving AdobeUpdater issues

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