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Should I remove Adobe Reader?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Reach 0.0005%

Versions

VersionDistribution
11.0.03 14.29%
10.1.7 57.14%
9.1.0 14.29%
8.1.0 14.29%

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Adobe Reader

What is Adobe Reader?  (from Adobe Systems)

Acrobat Reader lets you read and print from any system any document created as an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file, with its original appearance preserved. PDF files are compact and can be shared, viewed, navigated, and printed exactly as the author intended by anyone with Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Adobe Rea...  Read more

Overview

Adobe Reader is a software program developed by Adobe Systems. The most common release is 10.1.7, 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 setup package generally installs about 89 files and is usually about 3.39 MB (3,555,328 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. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 67% of users of Adobe Reader come from the United States, it is also popular in Chile and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.adobe.com
Help link: www.adobe.com/support/main.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\common files\adobe\help\en_us\adobe reader\8.0
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A81000000003}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 3.39 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Reader

  • A3DUtility.exe - Adobe Acrobat (Adobe 3D Utility)
  • A3DUtils.dll - 3D Utilities Library (3D Utilities Library 11.0)
  • ace.dll - ACE (Adobe Color Engine)
  • AcroBroker.exe - Adobe PDF Broker Process for Internet Explorer
  • acrofx32.dll - Lotus Notes Field Exchange Module for Adobe Acrobat
  • acrord32.dll - Adobe Reader (Adobe Reader 8.1)
  • acrord32.exe
  • acrord32info.exe - Adobe Reader 8.0
  • acrordif.dll - Adobe PDF IFilter (PDF IFilter)
  • AcroTextExtractor.exe - Adobe Acrobat text extractor for non-PDF files (AcroTextExtractor)
  • adobe_epic.dll - Adobe EPIC (Adobe EPIC DLL)
  • adobe_eula.dll - Adobe EPIC EULA (Adobe EPIC EULA DLL)
  • adobecollabsync.exe - Adobe Collaboration Synchronizer 8.0
  • adobelinguistic.dll - Adobe Linguisitc Library (Linguistic Library)
  • adoberfp.dll - Adobe Reader File Preview
  • adobeupdatecheck.exe - AdobeUpdateCheck (Adobe Update Check 8.1)
  • adobeupdater.dll - Adobe Updater Library
  • adobeupdater.exe - Adobe Updater
  • adobeupdaterinstallmgr.exe - Adobe Updater Install Manager
  • adobexmp.dll - Adobe XMP Core (Adobe XMP Core, 4.0-c320)
  • agm.dll - AGM (Adobe Graphics Manager)
  • ahclient.dll - AdobeHelp Dynamic Link Library (Adobe Help Client Library)
  • ahv.exe - Adobe Help Viewer
  • aiodlite.dll - Acrobat Install On Demand
  • arh.exe - Adobe AIR (Adobe AIR Redistribution Helper)
  • atl.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft (R) Visual C++ (ATL Module for Windows NT (Unicode))
  • authplay.dll - Shockwave Flash (Adobe Flash Player 9.0 r155)
  • axe8sharedexpat.dll - AXE8SharedExpat (AXE Shared EXPAT (UTF-8 native))
  • axsle.dll - AXSLE (Adobe XSLT Engine)
  • bib.dll - BIB (Bravo Interface Binder)
  • bibutils.dll - BIBUtils (Bravo Interface Binder Utilities)
  • ccme_asym.dll (by RSA - The Security Division of EMC) - RSA BSAFE Crypto-C Micro Edition (Asymmetric encryption library)
  • ccme_base.dll
  • ccme_base_non_fips.dll (by RSA - The Security Division of EMC) - Base library - non-FIPS algorithms
  • ccme_ecc.dll - ECC library and curve parameters - FIPS only
  • ccme_ecdrbg.dll - ECDRBG library
  • cooltype.dll - CoolType (CoolType Typography Engine)
  • cryptocme.dll - Master library
  • cryptocme2.dll
  • Eula.exe - EULA (Eula display)
  • ExtendScript.dll - ExtendScript 2012/08/23-13:03:03 (Adobe ExtendScript scripting engine (32 bit))
  • icucnv34.dll (by IBM and others) - International Components for Unicode (IBM ICU Common DLL)
  • icucnv36.dll (by IBM and others)
  • icucnv40.dll - International Components for Unicode 2011/11/15-16:30:22
  • icudt34.dll - ICU Data DLL
  • icudt36.dll
  • icudt40.dll
  • icudt40_full.dll
  • icuuc40.dll
  • jp2klib.dll - JP2KLib (JPEG2000 Core Library)
  • logsession.dll - LogSession
  • LogTransport2.dll - Transport Dynamic Link Library
  • LogTransport2.exe - LogTransport Application
  • nppdf32.dll - Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape
  • NPSWF32.dll - Shockwave Flash 11.5 r502
  • onix32.dll
  • pdfprevhndlr.dll - Adobe PDF Preview Handler
  • pdfprevhndlrshim.exe - Adobe PDF Preview Handler Helper Application
  • pdfshell.dll - Adobe PDF Shell Extension (PDF Shell Extension)
  • pe.dll (by Environmental Systems Research Institute) - PE (Projection Engine library)
  • piaglbreakfinder.dll - XML Form Architecture's AGL Break Finder

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • nppdf32.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'nppdf32.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • nppdf32.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Reader Plugin for Firefox'.
5 Scheduled Tasks
  • acrord32.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F4BA4E3E-9BA9-4302-955A-E0576A56F3BE}' (runs on registration).
  • AcroRd32Info.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{8F35F55F-207C-4A23-AF9C-4565E6344212}' (runs on registration).
  • adobeupdater.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe online update program' (runs weekly on Mondays at 10:00 AM).
  • Eula.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D7F6D63D-57B0-4531-96B9-339476F18753}' (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)
  • 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.
  • AdobeCollabSync.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Adobe Reader Synchronizer' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\AdobeCollabSync.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 10.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe".
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • reader_sl.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe'.
  • acrord32.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe'.
  • AcroRd32Info.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\AcroRd32Info.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

acrord32.exe
Memory:31.65 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.4148585783%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.19452084%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.22033774%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:483.99 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:13.81 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Adobe Reader?

Quickly and completely remove Adobe Reader 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, 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.

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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 71%
Win Vista (SP2) 14%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.43%
Windows XP 14.29%
Windows Vista 14.29%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Enterprise 71.43%
Microsoft Windows XP 14.29%
Windows Vista Enterprise 14.29%

Distribution by countryGeography

66.67% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 66.67%
  Chile 16.67%
  Germany 16.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 50.00%
Lenovo 33.33%
Hewlett-Packard 16.67%
Common models
Dell Latitude E6320 33.33%
LENOVO 4291ULT 16.67%
Dell Latitude E5420 16.67%
FUJITSU LIFEBOOK S762 16.67%
HP EliteBook 8440p 16.67%

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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