What is ContextMenu.esp?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the ContextMenu.esp 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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ContextMenu.esp file information

The process known as Adobe Acrobat Context Menu belongs to software Adobe Acrobat Elements or Adobe Common File Installer or Adobe Acrobat (version 8 Professional) by Adobe Systems (

Description: ContextMenu.esp is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ContextMenu.esp is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 344,064 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 319,488 bytes or 348,160 bytes. 
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. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. ContextMenu.esp is not a Windows core file. ContextMenu.esp appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramAdobe Acrobat or Adobe Common File Installer
  2) contact Customer Service [1][2]
  3) search for an update [1][2] on the vendor’s website.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ContextMenu.esp. Therefore, you should check the ContextMenu.esp 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 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.esp 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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