What is armsvc.exe?

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 armsvc.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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Armsvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with armsvc
Armsvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Adobe Acrobat Update Service belongs to software Adobe Acrobat Update Service or Adobe Reader XI or Adobe Reader X or Adobe Common File Installer or PoserContent2012 or Adobe Acrobat XI Pro or Blurb Template Creator (version CS5) by Adobe Systems (

Description: Armsvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file armsvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 65,640 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 63,928 bytes, 63,960 bytes, 65,192 bytes or 64,952 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. The armsvc.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is a Verisign signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you have any problems with armsvc.exe, you can look for help from the software company Adobe, update the program to the latest version or uninstall Adobe Reader X or Adobe Reader XI from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs".

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as armsvc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the armsvc.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

gehört zu ADOBE Acrobat Reader Update Service
  H. Grether  
Adobe's attempt automatic updating for Reader... runs constantly in the background but still doesn't silent update
It stops Norton Internet Security auto update service

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Summary: Average user rating of armsvc.exe: based on 6 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think armsvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving armsvc issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with armsvc. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 armsvc.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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