What is ATMhelpr?

The genuine ATMhelpr.sys file is a software component of Adobe Type Manager by Adobe Systems.
ATMhelpr.sys is a font driver that belongs to Adobe Type Manager, a group of computer application designed to be used with their Type 1 fonts. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The Adobe Type Manager was originally designed for the Apple Macintosh platform to work with PostScript Type 1 fonts for computer monitors, and to print on non-PostScript printers. In 1996, Adobe Type Manager was expanded into a font-management program called ATM Deluxe, a program that could be utilized for a number of new functions such as activation and deactivation of fonts. It is important to avoid installing the Adobe Type Manager into Windows 2000 or later as it is known to cause problems. 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.

ATMHelpr stands for Adobe Type Manager Helper

ATMhelpr.sys is a Windows driver. A driver is a small software program that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or connected devices. This means that a driver has direct access to the internals of the operating system, hardware etc. The free file information forum can help you determine if ATMhelpr.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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ATMhelpr.sys file information

The process known as Windows NT Font Driver Helper belongs to software Adobe Type Manager Deluxe by Adobe Systems (

Description: ATMhelpr.sys is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. ATMhelpr.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 4,064 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. The file is not a Windows system file. ATMhelpr.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify ATMhelpr.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as ATMhelpr.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the ATMhelpr.sys 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

Adobe Type Manager 4.0 installs the Atmhelpr.sys driver.
  Alex   (further information)
Microsoft macht diese Datei wegen Unverträglichkeiten mit Win XP und Vista dafür verantwortlich, wenn ein PC sich nicht in den Ruhezustand versetzen lässt. Durch Umbenennen und Neutstart konnte ich auf meinem PC das Problem lösen. Adobe führt aus, dass die Datei nicht mehr benötigt wird (
Installed by Adobe Type Manager. Can be deleted safely. Will mess up standby and hibernation modes on Windows XP. Deleting this file will disable Adobe's font smoothing effect, but XP has built in font smoothing anyway
Adobe type manager is known to sometimes cause machines to lose the ability to enter standby mode. This seems to be the driver that's responsible.
  steve   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of ATMhelpr.sys: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks ATMhelpr.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ATMhelpr issues

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