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10% remove it90% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #17,660
United States Rank #11,776
Reach 0.0157%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 534.83 days
1253.85 days >
Average installed length: 658.80 days


9.4.7 100.00%

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Adobe Reader 9.4.7

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.


During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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 52 files and is usually about 3.76 MB (3,940,864 bytes). The installed file acrobatupdater.exe 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\common files\adobe\arm\1.0
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A94000000001}
(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 9.4.7

  • adobearm.exe - Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager
  • adobeextractfiles.dll - Adobe Extract Files Library
  • acrobatupdater.exe - Adobe Acrobat Updater
  • readerupdater.exe - Adobe Reader Updater
  • acropdf.dll - Adobe PDF Browser Control (PDF Browser Control)
  • pdfshell.dll - Adobe PDF Shell Extension (PDF Shell Extension)
  • a3dutility.exe - Adobe Acrobat 3D Utility (Adobe 3D Utility 9.4)
  • acrobroker.exe - Adobe PDF Broker Process for Internet Explorer
  • acroiehelper.dll - AcroIEHelper Library (Adobe PDF Helper for Internet Explorer)
  • acroiehelpershim.dll - AcroIEHelperShim Library
  • acrord32.dll - Adobe Reader (Adobe Reader 9.4)
  • acrord32.exe
  • acrord32info.exe
  • acrordif.dll - Adobe PDF IFilter (PDF IFilter)
  • acrotextextractor.exe - Adobe Acrobat text extractor for non-PDF files (AcroTextExtractor)
  • adobecollabsync.exe - Adobe Collaboration Synchronizer 9.4
  • agm.dll - AGM Sun Jan 30 21:13:51 2011 (Adobe Graphics Manager)
  • cooltype.dll - CoolType Wed Sep 7 14:35:28 2011 (CoolType Typography Engine)
  • eula.exe - EULA (Eula display)
  • jp2klib.dll - JP2KLib 2011/04/22-12:26:33 (Adobe JPEG2000 Core Library)
  • nppdf32.dll - Adobe Acrobat (Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.4.5")
  • pdfprevhndlr.dll - Adobe PDF Preview Handler
  • pdfprevhndlrshim.exe - Adobe PDF Preview Handler Helper Application
  • reader_sl.exe - Adobe Acrobat SpeedLauncher
  • rt3d.dll - 3D Runtime Dynamic Link Library (3D Runtime 9.4)
  • viewerps.dll - Acrobat Viewer ProxyStub Library
  • authplay.dll - Shockwave Flash (Adobe Flash Player 10.3 r183)
  • axsle.dll - AXSLE 2009/01/18-15:08:04 (Adobe XSLT Engine)
  • ace.dll - ACE Tue Jun 7 19:16:12 2011 (Adobe Color Engine)
  • acrofx32.dll - Lotus Notes Field Exchange Module for Adobe Acrobat
  • adobe_updater.exe - Adobe Updater
  • adobelinguistic.dll - Adobe Linguisitc Library (Linguistic Library)
  • adobeupdater.dll - Adobe Updater Library
  • adobeupdaterinstallmgr.exe - Adobe Updater Install Manager
  • adobexmp.dll - Adobe XMP Core (Adobe XMP Core, 4.2.1-c043)
  • ahclient.dll - AdobeHelp Dynamic Link Library (Adobe Help Client Library)
  • aiodlite.dll - Acrobat Install On Demand
  • atl.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft (R) Visual C++ (ATL Module for Windows NT (Unicode))
  • axe8sharedexpat.dll - AXE8SharedExpat 2009/01/18-15:08:04 (AXE Shared EXPAT (UTF-8 native))
  • bib.dll - BIB Fri Feb 27 16:35:20 2009 (Bravo Interface Binder)
  • bibutils.dll - BIBUtils Fri Feb 27 12:59:13 2009 (Bravo Interface Binder Utilities)
  • ccme_base.dll
  • cryptocme2.dll
  • icucnv36.dll (by IBM and others) - International Components for Unicode (IBM ICU Common DLL)
  • icudt36.dll (by IBM and others) - ICU Data DLL
  • logsession.dll - LogSession
  • logtransport2.dll - Transport Dynamic Link Library
  • logtransport2.exe - LogTransport Application
  • onix32.dll (by Lextek International) - Onix32 Dynamic Link Library (Onix32 Text Indexing and Search Library)
  • pe.dll (by Environmental Systems Research Institute) - PE (Projection Engine library)
  • sqlite.dll - sqlite Dynamic Link Library
  • vdk150.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • nppdf32.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'nppdf32.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
  • 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.
3 Scheduled Tasks
  • acrord32.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7548DA5B-0765-4C2A-9F72-3A5F5CC2EA1C}' (runs on registration).
  • adobearm.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager' (runs weekly on Mondays at 10:00 AM).
  • reader_sl.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Reader Speed Launcher'.
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • adobearm.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Adobe ARM.
  • 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".
  • 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".
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • reader_sl.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Bing Bar' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\Reader_sl.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".
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'.
  • adobearm.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe'.
  • acrord32.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:5.52 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0061302437%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00384042%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00228983%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:4,900
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:608 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:192 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:47.32 MB
Total CPU:0.0028718147%
Kernel CPU:0.00154743%
User CPU:0.00132438%
CPU cycles/sec:25,826,865
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 9.4.7 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 9.4.7, 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 9.4.7 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 46%
Win Vista 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 53.18%
Windows XP 23.64%
Windows Vista 20.91%
Windows 8 2.27%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 33.80%
Microsoft Windows XP 22.69%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 14.81%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.26%
Windows 7 Professional 8.33%
Windows Vista Home Basic 3.70%

Distribution by countryGeography

65.56% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 65.56%
  United Kingdom 5.30%
  Australia 4.30%
  Canada 4.30%
  Israel 2.32%
  Brazil 1.66%
  India 1.66%
  MK 0.99%
  Indonesia 0.99%
  Singapore 0.66%
  New Zealand 0.66%
  Portugal 0.66%
  Germany 0.66%
  Croatia 0.66%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 37.32%
Toshiba 17.61%
Hewlett-Packard 16.20%
Acer 8.45%
Sony 3.52%
Samsung 2.82%
Gateway 2.82%
American Megatrends 2.11%
Sahara 2.11%
ASUS 1.41%
Lenovo 1.41%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 1545 5.83%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 3.33%
Dell Inspiron 530s 2.50%
Dell Computer Dimension 2... 1.67%
Dell OptiPlex GX520 ... 1.67%
Gigabyte G41M-Combo 1.67%

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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