What is Creative Cloud.exe?

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 Creative Cloud.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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Creative Cloud.exe file information

The process known as Adobe Creative Cloud belongs to software Adobe Creative Cloud or Adobe Prelude (version CS6) or Adobe Flash Professional (version CS6) or Adobe Photoshop (version CS6) or Adobe Creative Suite (version 6 Master Collection) or Adobe Photoshop Elements (version 12) or Adobe Photoshop CC or Adobe Illustrator CC by Adobe Systems (

Description: Creative Cloud.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Creative Cloud.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,694,320 bytes (54% of all occurrences), 2,303,152 bytes and 8 more variants. 
Creative Cloud.exe is digitally signed. The Creative Cloud.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, RunOnce). The program has no visible window. Creative Cloud.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with Creative Cloud.exe, you can search the support area on the Adobe website, see if there is a newer version [1][2] or uninstall the software Adobe Fireworks CS6 or Adobe Photoshop CC using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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

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