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What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #24,723
United States Rank #29,464
Reach 0.0080%

Versions

VersionDistribution
1.00.004 4.46%
1.00.002 40.18%
1.00.001 12.50%
1.00.0000 42.86%

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Adobe Common File Installer

What is Adobe Common File Installer?

Adobe Common File Installer installs a number of shared components between multiple Adobe programs. If you remove this program some features of other related programs might not function properly.

Overview

The most common release is 1.00.0000, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The setup package generally installs about 105 files and is usually about 533.15 KB (545,942 bytes). The installed file updaterinventory.dll is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.adobe.com
Help link: www.adobe.com/help
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{8EDBA74D-0686-4C99-BFDD-F894678E5101}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 533.15 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Common File Installer

  • EMLaunch.dll - Adobe EMLaunch Library
  • AdobePIM.dll - PIM DLL
  • Adobe Gamma Loader.exe - Adobe Systems, Inc. Adobe Gamma Loader (Adobe Gamma Loader)
  • AAM Registration Notifier.exe - AAM Registration Notifier Application
  • adbeapeengine.dll - Adobe APE Engine 2012/01/25-10:04:55 (Adobe APE Engine(32 bit))
  • AAM Updates Notifier.exe - AAM Updates Notifier Application
  • AdobeARM.exe - Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager
  • UninstManager.dll - Adobe Systems Inc. UninstManager (UninstManager)
  • asneu.dll - AsnEndUser Dynamic Link Library
  • updaterinventory.dll - Adobe Updater Inventory Library
  • adbeape.dll - Adobe APE 2010/02/19-17:36:14 (Adobe APE(32 bit))
  • adbeapecore.dll - Adobe APE 2010/02/23-12:40:58
  • TBrowser.dll - Thumbkin Dynamic Link Library (Thumbkin DLL)
  • TBrowserRes.dll
  • updaterstartuputility.exe - Adobe Updater Startup Utility
  • armsvc.exe - Adobe Acrobat Update Service
  • AdobeExtractFiles.dll - Adobe Extract Files Library
  • SING.dll - Adobe Systems SING Services (SING Services Library)
  • TIN.dll - Tin Library
  • AAMLauncher.exe - Adobe Updater AAM Launcher
  • adobe_personalization.dll - Adobe EPIC Personalization (Adobe EPIC Personalization DLL)
  • updatercore.dll - Adobe Updater Core Library
  • AcroPDF.dll - Adobe PDF Browser Control (PDF Browser Control)
  • CCMNative.dll - Adobe Application Manager (Creative Cloud Client Applet)
  • D6Native.dll - Deployment Applet
  • P6Native.dll - Provisioning Applet
  • P7Native.dll
  • pdfshell.dll - Adobe PDF Shell Extension (PDF Shell Extension)
  • UWANative.dll - Updater Applet
  • VulcanBridge.dll - VulcanBridge DLL
  • AcroIEHelperShim.dll - AcroIEHelperShim Library (Adobe PDF Helper for Internet Explorer)
  • LogTransport2.exe - LogTransport Application
  • SwitchBoard.exe - SBSV 2010/02/19-11:02:07 (SwitchBoard Server (32 bit))
  • NPSVG3.dll - Adobe SVG Viewer Plugin (SVG Viewer 3.02 for Netscape)
  • AdobeWeb.dll - Adobe Systems AdobeWeb
  • AdobeWorkgroupHelper.exe - Adobe Workgroup Helper
  • SVG3RFF.dll - Adobe® SVG Viewer 3.02 (SVG File Format Plugin 3.02 for RealPlayer®)
  • SVG3RR.dll - SVG Renderer Plugin 3.02 for RealPlayer®
  • VulcanMessage.dll - Vulcan Message Library
  • VulcanMessage4.dll
  • VulcanMessage5.dll
  • adobe_licutil.exe - Adobe License Utility
  • PWANative.dll - Framework Application (Provisioning Workflow)
  • AcroIEHelper.dll - AcroIEHelper Library
  • TokenGenerator64.exe
  • AdobeHunspellPlugin.dll - AdobeHunspellPlugin
  • AdobeLinguistic.dll - Linguistic Library
  • icons.dll - Adobe InDesign CS3
  • aiicon.dll - Adobe Illustrator (Icons for Adobe Illustrator)
  • FileOps.exe - Adobe SVG Viewer (SVG Viewer Setup 3.03)
  • SetupRsrc.dll
  • SVGCore.dll - SVG Viewer Core 3.03
  • SVGRSRC.dll
  • Winstall.exe
  • AOM.exe - AOM Application (AOM MFC Application)
  • NPSWF32.dll - Shockwave Flash (Shockwave Flash 10.3 r181)
  • psicon.dll - Adobe Photoshop (Icons for Adobe Photoshop)
  • idicon.dll - Adobe InDesign (Icon Handler Plug-in)
  • adobe_aum2pcd.dll - Adobe aum2pcd (Adobe aum2pcd DLL)
  • adobe_oobelib.dll - Adobe_OOBELib (Adobe OOBELib)
  • Adobe_Updater.exe - Adobe Updater

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSVG3.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSVG3.dll'.
  • NPSWF32.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32.dll'.
2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • AcroIEHelper.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper' with the class of {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3}.
  • AcroIEHelperShim.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Adobe PDF Link Helper' with the class of {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} (AcroIEHelperStub).
Mozilla Plugin
  • NPSWF32.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
3 Scheduled Tasks
  • updaterstartuputility.exe is scheduled as a task named 'AdobeAAMUpdater-1.0-John-PC-John' (runs daily at 02:00).
  • AdobeARM.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager' (runs weekly on Mondays at 10:00 AM).
  • AdobeUpdater.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe online update program' (runs weekly on Mondays at 10:00 AM).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • AdobeARM.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Adobe ARM.
2 Services
  • armsvc.exe runs as a service named 'Adobe Acrobat Update Service' (AdobeARMservice) "Adobe Acrobat Updater keeps your Adobe software up to date.".
  • SwitchBoard.exe runs as a service named 'Adobe SwitchBoard' (SwitchBoard) "Adobe SwitchBoard".
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • AdobeUpdater.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'AdobeUpdater' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Updater5\AdobeUpdater.exe".
  • Adobe_Updater.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'AdobeUpdater6' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Updater6\Adobe_Updater.exe".
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • updaterstartuputility.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'AdobeAAMUpdater-1.0' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp\UWA\UpdaterStartupUtility.exe".
  • AdobeARM.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Adobe ARM' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe".
  • SwitchBoard.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SwitchBoard' which loads as C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\SwitchBoard\SwitchBoard.exe.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • AdobeUpdater.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Updater5\AdobeUpdater.exe'.
  • AdobeARM.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe'.
Network connections
  • AAM Updates Notifier.exe connects to 193.189.170.199 (port 80).
  • AAM Updates Notifier.exe connects to 204.186.34.163 (port 80).
  • AAM Updates Notifier.exe connects to a122-252.59-235.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com (122.252.59.235 port 80).
  • AAM Updates Notifier.exe connects to a172-226-7-210.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com (172.226.7.210 port 80).
  • AAM Updates Notifier.exe connects to a88-221-31-235.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com (88.221.31.235 port 80).
  • AAM Updates Notifier.exe connects to 202.88.188.208 (port 80).
  • AAM Updates Notifier.exe connects to 207.86.215.170 (port 80).
  • AAM Updates Notifier.exe connects to a184-51-156-160.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com (184.51.156.160 port 80).
  • AAM Updates Notifier.exe connects to a23-60-69-9.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com (23.60.69.9 port 80).
  • AAM Updates Notifier.exe connects to d3-1-0-1-1-0.a03.nycmny01.us.ra.verio.net (165.254.94.129 port 80).
  • Plus 7 more

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

AAM Updates Notifier.exe
Memory:6.19 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0384118939%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.01516935%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.02324255%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,189,100
8,062,084 average
Switches/sec:8
70 average
I/O reads/min:51.35 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:31.29 KB
105.02 KB average
AdobeARM.exe
Memory:3.12 MB
Total CPU:0.0012709153%
Kernel CPU:0.00068625%
User CPU:0.00058467%
CPU cycles/sec:9,787,015
Switches/sec:89
I/O reads/min:24.78 KB
I/O writes/min:403 Bytes
armsvc.exe
Memory:980 KB
User CPU:0.00011607%

How do I remove Adobe Common File Installer?

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Or, you can uninstall Adobe Common File Installer from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Adobe Common File Installer, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Adobe Common File Installer.

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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win Server 2003 1%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.82%
Windows 8 16.07%
Windows XP 15.18%
Windows Vista 8.04%
Windows Server 2003 0.89%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.63%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.22%
Microsoft Windows XP 16.22%
Windows 7 Professional 9.01%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.41%
Windows 8.1 4.50%

Distribution by countryGeography

25.62% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 25.62%
  Germany 19.01%
  India 6.61%
  Taiwan 4.96%
  Italy 4.13%
  United Kingdom 3.31%
  France 2.48%
  Philippines 2.48%
  Chile 1.65%
  MA 1.65%
  Brazil 1.65%
  Thailand 1.65%
  Belgium 1.65%
  Indonesia 1.65%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 25.42%
Dell 16.95%
Hewlett-Packard 15.25%
Intel 13.56%
ASUS 6.78%
American Megatrends 6.78%
Samsung 6.78%
Lenovo 3.39%
Toshiba 3.39%
GIGABYTE 1.69%
Common models
TOSHIBA SATELLITE C660 2.30%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.30%
Acer Aspire 4720Z 2.30%
ASUSTeK X51L 2.30%
Sony VGN-FZ21S 1.15%
MSI MS-7641 1.15%

About Adobe Systems

Adobe Systems Incorporated is computer program company focused on the creation of multimedia & creativity program products, with a more-recent foray towards rich Net application program development.
Publisher URL: www.adobe.com

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