What is contextmenu.dll?

Contextmenu.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if contextmenu.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Contextmenu.dll file information

The process known as Adobe Acrobat Context Menu or Adobe Acrobat Elements or ShellMenu belongs to software Adobe Acrobat Elements or Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Common File Installer or Shellmenu by Adobe Systems ( or Bkis center.

Description: Contextmenu.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file contextmenu.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (mostly C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Acrobat Elements\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 685,696 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 581,632 bytes and 13 more variants. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The file is not a Windows core file. Contextmenu.dll is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with contextmenu.dll, you could also do the following:
  1) uninstall the software Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Common File Installer using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)
  2) get help from the software vendor Adobe
  3) update the program to the latest version.

Recommended: Identify contextmenu.dll related errors

If contextmenu.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 66% dangerous. The file size is 69,632 bytes. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. The contextmenu.dll file is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as contextmenu.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example TROJ_Gen.0Z0847 (detected by TrendMicro), and Trojan.Win32.Agent.btwc (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the contextmenu.dll 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

Installed with Acrobat 6.0
Acrobat 6
It adds your program functions to right click menus. For me it was installed with a program called "PC-Encrypt."
it came with Adware Remover Gold
it is added by PC-Encrypt
the adwareremover gold
Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Pro
This is a file in Acrobat Elements folder of Acrobat 9.0
it came with corel paint shop pro x3 But I have a problem it run when I use the backup of seven
Adds context menus to Explorer for Adobe Acobat 8.0 [combine supported files]. Having this enabled causes the context menu in windows vista to take a few extra seconds with each additional file selected... after 35 items are selected, context menus no longer work.
  Tyler Waters  
AdobeAcrobat stops working and mysterious link to Adobe free telephone trying to sell Adobe Acrobat Pro. 0UtpsMenu {A682358B-D566-4497-9B8D-7DDE05005D2F} TODO: ??? ?= chinese simplified PRC characters Relates to favicon.ico cannot delete in Temporary Internet Files
  Not stupid   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of contextmenu.dll: based on 12 votes with 12 user comments. 6 users think contextmenu.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think contextmenu.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade contextmenu.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving contextmenu issues

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