What is AcroRd32.exe?

The genuine AcroRd32.exe file is a software component of Adobe Reader by Adobe Systems.
AcroRd32.exe is an executable file that runs the Adobe Reader, a freeware tool developed by Adobe to view, print and share files in Adobe's proprietary PDF format. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Adobe Reader (originally called Acrobat Reader) was one of the first programs developed to read files written in the PDF format. The software was made available free of charge on the release of version 2.0. The current version features editing tools, highlighting options, footnotes, accessibility options, multiple screen modes and support for touch screens. 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.

AcroRd32 stands for Adobe Acrobat Reader 32-bit

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 AcroRd32.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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AcroRd32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AcroRd32
AcroRd32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Adobe Reader (version 7.0, 8.1, 6.0, 8.3, 8.0, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4) or Portable Document Format or Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat Reader (version 5.0)

belongs to software Adobe Reader (version 8) or Adobe Reader XI or Adobe Reader X or Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or Adobe Acrobat Reader or Adobe Reader X MUI or Adobe Technical Communication Suite

by Adobe Systems (

Description: AcroRd32.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AcroRd32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (usually C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat x.0\Reader\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 341,616 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 71,288 bytes and 51 more variants. 
The AcroRd32.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. AcroRd32.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The AcroRd32.exe file is a Verisign signed file. AcroRd32.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with AcroRd32.exe, you can uninstall Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program, contact Customer Service [1][2] or check the vendor’s website for a newer version [1][2].

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If AcroRd32.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 17,408 bytes. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The AcroRd32.exe file is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AcroRd32.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example W32.Ramnit.E!inf (detected by Symantec), and Virus.Win32.Nimnul.e (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the AcroRd32.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.


User Comments

This can help acrord32.exe: (At least allow to open the PDF documents in the browser and front there save as usual. Then it comes anytime you open a PDF the MFucker acrord32.exe but you already could download the document in the explorer… 1. Open Adobe Reader XI o whatever you have. 2. Edit. 3. Accessibility. 4. Set up Assistant. 5. Next. (Go next until the end…done!). 6. Next. 7. Next. 8. Next. 9. Check display documents in the web browser. 10. Done!
Lot, lots of memory (Still not a virus)
100% CPU!!!
nothing, appears to be interferring with my Adobe files and should be deleted....
  Richard Undderwood  
open the file PDF
Eats resources, end process in task manager if not reading PDFs
When it hogs memory, delete from Windows Task Manager
This AcroRd32.exe process eats up 50% of the CPU time and problem is it cascades to all of my other processes but it's back to normal after i end this AcroRd32.exe process.
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Summary: Average user rating of AcroRd32.exe: based on 52 votes with 9 reviews. 16 users think AcroRd32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 14 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 8 users suspect danger. 8 users think AcroRd32.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 13 users don't grade AcroRd32.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving AcroRd32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AcroRd32. 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 AcroRd32.exe 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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