What is Illustrator.exe?

The genuine Illustrator.exe file is a software component of Adobe Illustrator by Adobe Systems.
Illustrator.exe is an executable file that runs Adobe Illustrator, a vector graphics editor that is sold as a companion product of Adobe Photoshop. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Adobe Illustrator was initially released on 19 March 1987 and was created exclusively for the Apple Macintosh platform to serve as an in-house font development software. Over the years, the software has seen a total of seventeen major upgrades, the latest being Illustrator CC. The program currently supports Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. 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.

Illustrator stands for Adobe Illustrator

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 Illustrator.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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Illustrator.exe file information

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

The process known as Adobe Illustrator (version CS4, CS5, CS6, CS3) belongs to software Adobe Illustrator (version CS4, CS6, CS3) or Adobe Creative Suite (version 5 Master Collection) by Adobe Systems (

Description: Illustrator.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The Illustrator.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 13,179,660 bytes. 
Illustrator.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. Illustrator.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 9% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with Illustrator.exe, you can also do the following:
  1) remove the entire program Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection or Adobe Illustrator CS4 using Windows Control Panel
  2) look for help from the software company Adobe.

Recommended: Identify Illustrator.exe related errors

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

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