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Should I remove Adobe Reader?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
10% remove it90% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,523
United States Rank #2,763
Reach 0.2851%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.76 days
258.46 days >
Average installed length: 135.80 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
9.3.0 99.97%
1.2 0.03%

Other programs by Adobe Systems

Adobe Reader 9.3

What is Adobe Reader?

Adobe Acrobat and Reader are a set of applications designed to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format (PDF). Acrobat and Reader are widely used as a method of presenting information with a fixed layout similar to a paper publication. Adobe also allows Acrobat plug-ins to be developed by third parties, which can add extra functions to the Acrobat program.

About  (from Adobe Systems)

Adobe Reader allows more securely view, print, search, sign, verify, and collaborate on PDF documents, online as well as offline, from your home or office. Reader has a completely redesigned interface, new tools, and new options for viewing information more efficiently. Access to an online, real-time meeting in seconds...  Read more

Overview

The most common release is 9.3.0, 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. 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 primary executable is named AcroRd32.exe. The setup package generally installs about 49 files and is usually about 2.85 MB (2,991,825 bytes). The installed file AdobeUpdater.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/support/main.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A93000000001}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 2.85 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Reader 9.3

Program executable:AcroRd32.exe
Name:Adobe Reader
Adobe Reader 9.3
Path:C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe
MD5:c528536bf4e4c14c2e3171900e588443
Additional files:
  • AcroBroker.exe - Adobe PDF Broker Process for Internet Explorer
  • AcroTextExtractor.exe - Adobe Acrobat text extractor for non-PDF files (AcroTextExtractor)
  • PDFPrevHndlrShim.exe - Adobe PDF Preview Handler Helper Application
  • piaglbreakfinder.dll - XML Form Architecture's AGL Break Finder
  • AXE8SharedExpat.dll - AXE8SharedExpat 2009/01/18-15:08:04 (AXE Shared EXPAT (UTF-8 native))
  • BIBUtils.dll - BIBUtils Fri Feb 27 12:59:13 2009 (Bravo Interface Binder Utilities)
  • CoolType.dll - CoolType Mon Dec 21 23:30:59 2009 (CoolType Typography Engine)
  • rt3d.dll - 3D Runtime Dynamic Link Library (3D Runtime 9.5)
  • ahclient.dll - AdobeHelp Dynamic Link Library (Adobe Help Client Library)
  • LogTransport2.dll - Transport Dynamic Link Library
  • ACE.dll - ACE Sat Oct 3 02:44:24 2009 (Adobe Color Engine)
  • AGM.dll - AGM Mon Dec 21 23:29:14 2009 (Adobe Graphics Manager)
  • BIB.dll - BIB Fri Feb 27 16:35:20 2009 (Bravo Interface Binder)
  • JP2KLib.dll - JP2KLib 2009/11/09-18:16:39 (Adobe JPEG2000 Core Library)
  • AXSLE.dll - AXSLE 2009/01/18-15:08:04 (Adobe XSLT Engine)
  • PDFPrevHndlr.dll - Adobe PDF Preview Handler
  • A3DUtility.exe - Adobe Acrobat 3D Utility (Adobe 3D Utility 9.3)
  • AdobeLinguistic.dll - Adobe Linguisitc Library (Linguistic Library)
  • LogTransport2.exe - LogTransport Application
  • AdobeUpdater.dll - Adobe Updater Library
  • AcroRdIF.dll - Adobe PDF IFilter (PDF IFilter)
  • authplay.dll - Shockwave Flash (Adobe Flash Player 10.0 r42)
  • Acrofx32.dll - Adobe Acrobat (Lotus Notes Field Exchange Module for Adobe Acrobat)
  • reader_sl.exe - Adobe Acrobat SpeedLauncher
  • AcroRd32.dll - Adobe Reader (Adobe Reader 9.3)
  • AcroRd32.exe
  • AcroRd32Info.exe
  • logsession.dll - LogSession
  • amtlib.dll - AMTLib (AMT Licensing)
  • Eula.exe - EULA (Eula display)
  • AdobeCollabSync.exe - Adobe Collaboration Synchronizer 9.3
  • icucnv36.dll (by IBM and others) - International Components for Unicode (IBM ICU Common DLL)
  • AdobeXMP.dll - Adobe XMP Core (Adobe XMP Core, 4.2.1-c043)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • AcroRd32.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{5F532325-4CE7-42E8-8DB7-9242A197303A}' (runs on registration).
  • reader_sl.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Reader Speed Launcher'.
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • reader_sl.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Adobe Reader Speed Launcher.
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • AdobeCollabSync.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Adobe Acrobat Synchronizer' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\AdobeCollabSync.exe".
  • reader_sl.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Adobe Reader Speed Launcher' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • reader_sl.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Adobe Reader Speed Launcher' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe".
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • AcroRd32.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe'.
  • reader_sl.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

LogTransport2.exe
Memory:3.2 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0077807563%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00437472%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00340603%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:19,064
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:42 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:7 Bytes
105.02 KB average
reader_sl.exe
Memory:724 KB
Total CPU:0.0174672489%
Kernel CPU:0.00873362%
User CPU:0.00873362%
Switches/sec:23
AcroRd32.exe
Memory:47.32 MB
Total CPU:0.0028718147%
Kernel CPU:0.00154743%
User CPU:0.00132438%
CPU cycles/sec:25,826,865
Switches/sec:88
I/O reads/min:21.85 KB
I/O writes/min:609 Bytes

How do I remove Adobe Reader?

Quickly and completely remove Adobe Reader 9.3 from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Adobe Reader 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 Reader 9.3, 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 Reader.

OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 52%
Win 7 0%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 77.26%
Windows 8 10.25%
Windows XP 9.20%
Windows Vista 3.27%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 33.02%
Windows 7 Ultimate 30.54%
Windows 7 Professional 9.59%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.16%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.48%
Windows 8.1 Pro 2.23%

Distribution by countryGeography

40.91% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 40.91%
  Iran 10.05%
  India 8.71%
  United Kingdom 4.64%
  Brazil 2.32%
  Indonesia 2.32%
  Australia 1.96%
  BD 1.89%
  Canada 1.81%
  Egypt 1.62%
  MA 1.34%
  Philippines 1.19%
  DZ 1.15%
  Saudi Arabia 1.02%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Toshiba 32.53%
Dell 14.72%
Hewlett-Packard 13.20%
Acer 10.82%
GIGABYTE 10.56%
ASUS 5.09%
Intel 4.72%
Sony 4.20%
Lenovo 2.49%
American Megatrends 1.04%
Sahara 0.63%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite C655 8.45%
TOSHIBA Satellite A665 7.32%
TOSHIBA Satellite L655 5.96%
TOSHIBA Satellite L675D 5.74%
TOSHIBA Satellite L645D 5.21%
TOSHIBA Satellite C655D 4.98%

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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