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What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,599
United States Rank #1,109
Reach 0.5001%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.96 days
470.89 days >
Average installed length: 247.42 days


9.5.5 100.00%

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Adobe Reader 9.5.5

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.


Adobe Reader 9.5.5 is a software program developed by Adobe Systems. 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 53 files and is usually about 3.76 MB (3,947,520 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 Vista (SP2) and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 63% of users of Adobe Reader come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and India.

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-A95000000001}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 3.76 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Reader 9.5.5

  • 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
  • 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 Wed May 8 13:53:33 2013 (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 Tue Jun 7 19:16:12 2011 (Adobe Color Engine)
  • agm.dll - AGM Wed May 8 12:48:11 2013 (Adobe Graphics Manager)
  • bib.dll - BIB Fri Feb 27 16:35:20 2009 (Bravo Interface Binder)
  • jp2klib.dll - JP2KLib 2013/03/15-12:51:25 (Adobe JPEG2000 Core Library)
  • axsle.dll - AXSLE 2012/12/05-18:19:43 (Adobe XSLT Engine)
  • pdfprevhndlr.dll - Adobe PDF Preview Handler
  • a3dutility.exe - Adobe Acrobat 3D Utility (Adobe 3D Utility 9.5)
  • 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 10.3 r183)
  • acrofx32.dll - Adobe Acrobat (Lotus Notes Field Exchange Module for Adobe Acrobat)
  • reader_sl.exe - Adobe Acrobat SpeedLauncher
  • acrord32.dll - Adobe Reader (Adobe Reader 9.5)
  • acrord32.exe
  • acrord32info.exe
  • logsession.dll - LogSession
  • eula.exe - EULA (Eula display)
  • adobecollabsync.exe - Adobe Collaboration Synchronizer 9.5
  • nppdf32.dll - Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.5.5"
  • adobexmp.dll - Adobe XMP Core (Adobe XMP Core, 4.2.1-c043)

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 Acrobat Plugin for Firefox' with a plugin key of 'Adobe Acrobat' for all users of the PC.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • acrord32.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B9BAA9C1-025D-437A-B792-93F94CD913DE}' (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.
Startup File (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".
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
  • 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 9.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

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

How do I remove Adobe Reader?

Quickly and completely remove Adobe Reader 9.5.5 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 9.5.5, 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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Adobe Reader 9.5.5 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win Vista (SP2) 50%
Win 8.1 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 52.72%
Windows 7 36.15%
Windows XP 7.19%
Windows 8 3.85%
Windows Server 2003 0.07%
Windows 8.1 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 40.84%
Windows 7 Home Premium 15.65%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.20%
Windows Vista Home Basic 7.99%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.13%
Windows 7 Professional 5.77%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.77% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.77%
  United Kingdom 6.99%
  India 4.17%
  Canada 3.87%
  Australia 2.53%
  Iran 1.48%
  Brazil 0.89%
  Egypt 0.87%
  Israel 0.85%
  Indonesia 0.69%
  Saudi Arabia 0.63%
  New Zealand 0.58%
  Philippines 0.51%
  Ireland 0.50%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 33.42%
Hewlett-Packard 27.72%
Toshiba 14.56%
Acer 11.25%
ASUS 2.42%
Intel 2.19%
Lenovo 1.75%
Samsung 1.37%
Gateway 0.80%
American Megatrends 0.55%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 1545 6.77%
Dell Inspiron 530 5.07%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 4.98%
HP G60 Notebook PC 4.53%
Dell Inspiron 1525 3.95%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.45%

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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