What is armsvc.exe?

The genuine armsvc.exe file is a software component of Adobe Acrobat by Adobe Systems.
Armsvc.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 automatically updates Acrobat on a periodic basis. 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.

ArmSvc stands for Adobe Acrobat Automatic Update Service

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 Refresh Manager or Adobe Reader XI or Adobe Reader X or Adobe Common File Installer or Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or Blaine's Film Looks Effects or PoserContent2012 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 the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 81,088 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 82,128 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. The armsvc.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: 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 Refresh Manager or Adobe Reader XI from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify armsvc.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as armsvc.exe. 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
Not essential and a waste of HD space / memory. Just one more piece of annoying intrusive rubbish. Learn to update your software manually.
Seit einem halben Jahr versuche ich zu verhindern, dass "Adobe(R) Flash(R) Player" ein Update installieren will. Irgenwie schafft er es immer wieder sich in den Vordgrung zu rücken, zuletzt in dem er behauptet:"Windows Explorer funktioniert nicht mehr". Wenn ich dann den Bottom "Explorer neu starten" drücke erscheint wieder dieser ungewollte Versuch ein Update installieren zu wollen. So geht es nicht, es kann sich nur um Schadsoftware handeln, auch wenn es tatsächlich von Adobe stammen sollte: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\armsvc.exe" Die Datei ist 64 KB groß und stammt vom 23.9.2012 20:43
  Raimund Kottwitz  

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Summary: Average user rating of armsvc.exe: based on 10 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think armsvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect 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 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 armsvc.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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