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What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,237
United States Rank #3,044
Reach 0.1258%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 259.98 days
899.89 days >
Average installed length: 472.82 days


9.5.2 100.00%

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Adobe Reader 9.5.2

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


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 adobearm.exe. It also includes a system tray icon that is displayed in the notifications area while the program is running. The setup package generally installs about 55 files and is usually about 3.8 MB (3,979,776 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-A95000000001}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 3.8 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Reader 9.5.2

Program executable:adobearm.exe
Name:Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager
Signed by:Adobe Systems
Path:C:\Program Files\common files\adobe\arm\1.0\adobearm.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
AdobeARM.exe is a part of new Adobe Acrobat\Reader updater. The Updater is responsible for checking for, downloading, and launching the update installer for Reader or Acrobat. The Updater primarily keeps itself up to date and downloads and...
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
  • 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 Tue Jul 31 02:07:47 2012 (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 Tue Jul 31 02:16:52 2012 (Adobe Graphics Manager)
  • bib.dll - BIB Fri Feb 27 16:35:20 2009 (Bravo Interface Binder)
  • jp2klib.dll - JP2KLib 2012/06/29-11:28:16 (Adobe JPEG2000 Core Library)
  • axsle.dll - AXSLE 2012/07/24-17:16:22 (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 "9.5.2"

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' with a plugin key of 'Adobe Reader' for all users of the PC.
3 Scheduled Tasks
  • acrord32.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{AA039855-E0C9-4E82-AA34-11CC7B5D98EF}' (runs on registration).
  • adobearm.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe-Online-Aktualisierungsprogramm' (runs weekly on Mondays at 10:00).
  • reader_sl.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Reader Speed Launcher'.
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • reader_sl.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Adobe Reader Speed Launcher.
  • adobearm.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Adobe ARM.
2 Startup Files (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".
  • 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".
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\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.96 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0009580256%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00052421%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00043381%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:208,395
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:39.95 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:9.85 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:70.22 MB
Total CPU:0.0022037960%
Kernel CPU:0.00040734%
User CPU:0.00179646%
CPU cycles/sec:7,804,016
I/O reads/min:6.22 KB
I/O writes/min:6 Bytes

How do I remove Adobe Reader?

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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Adobe Reader 9.5.2, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 9.5.2 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 61%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 68.82%
Windows XP 15.91%
Windows Vista 13.13%
Windows 10 2.02%
Windows Server 2003 0.12%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 45.35%
Microsoft Windows XP 15.55%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.06%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 10.45%
Windows 7 Professional 8.98%
Windows Vista Home Basic 1.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

65.30% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 65.30%
  United Kingdom 6.35%
  Canada 4.29%
  Australia 3.44%
  Iran 2.38%
  Israel 1.79%
  India 1.73%
  Thailand 0.82%
  Brazil 0.79%
  Indonesia 0.79%
  Philippines 0.68%
  Ireland 0.65%
  Malaysia 0.56%
  South Africa 0.47%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 32.75%
Toshiba 20.83%
Hewlett-Packard 16.44%
Acer 6.65%
Intel 4.27%
Lenovo 3.89%
Samsung 3.89%
Sony 1.88%
Sahara 1.38%
American Megatrends 1.32%
ASUS 1.07%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 1545 6.05%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.30%
TOSHIBA Satellite C655 3.03%
Dell Inspiron 560 2.61%
TOSHIBA Satellite A505 2.61%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 2.34%

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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