What is Bridge.exe?

The genuine Bridge.exe file is a software component of Adobe Creative Suite by Adobe Systems.
Bridge.exe is an executable file that belongs to the Adobe Creative Suite, a bundled group of software programs featuring graphic design, video editing, and web development applications developed by Adobe. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The first Adobe Creative Suite was launched on September 1, 2003. The applications that bundled with the suite were Acrobat, After Effects, Audition, Adobe Bridge, Dreamweaver, Encore, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. The last version of Adobe Creative Suite 6 was released on May 7, 2012. It is now succeeded by Adobe Creative Cloud. 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.

Bridge stands for Adobe Bridge

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 Bridge.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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Bridge.exe file information

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

The process known as Adobe Bridge (version CS5, CS5.1) belongs to software Adobe Creative Suite (version 5 Master Collection, 5 Master) or Adobe Photoshop (version CS5) by Adobe Systems (

Description: Bridge.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The Bridge.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 11,989,960 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 12,002,664 bytes, 13,179,660 bytes, 12,008,296 bytes or 8,339,456 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The Bridge.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). Bridge.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Adobe provides direct support ( or and update information ( You could uninstall Adobe Photoshop CS5 or Adobe Creative Suite software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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


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Best practices for resolving Bridge issues

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