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Should I remove Adobe Reader?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,818
United States Rank #6,359
Reach 0.0812%


7.9.0 2.38%
7.0.0 97.63%

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Adobe Reader 7.0

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)

This software lets you view and print Adobe PDF files on a variety of hardware and operating system platforms. Adobe Reader provides a host of features that enable you to submit PDF forms created with fillable form fields to such applications as Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional and Adobe Form Designer. Play back a variet...  Read more


The most used version is 7.0.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 main program executable is AcroRd32.exe. The software installer includes 55 files and is usually about 34.48 MB (36,157,032 bytes). esdupdate.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.adobe.com
Help link: www.adobe.com/support/main.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7646-A70000000000}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 34.48 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Reader 7.0

Program executable:AcroRd32.exe
Name:Adobe Reader
Adobe Reader 7.0
Path:C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe
Additional files:
  • esdupdate.dll - Adobe Systems Adobe Update Library (Adobe Update Library)
  • rt3d.dll - 3D Run-time Dynamic Link Library (3D Run-time)
  • eularesen_US.dll - eulares Dynamic Link Library
  • acrord32info.exe - Adobe Reader PDF Info (Adobe Reader PDF Info 7.0)
  • adobeupdatemanager.exe - Adobe Update Manager
  • adobelinguistic.dll - Linguistic Library
  • axe16sharedexpat.dll - AXE16SharedExpat (AXE Shared EXPAT (UTF-16 native))
  • axe8sharedexpat.dll - AXE8SharedExpat (AXE Shared EXPAT (UTF-8 native))
  • epic_eula.dll - Adobe EULA DLL
  • Acrofx32.dll - Adobe Acrobat (Lotus Notes Field Exchange Module for Adobe Acrobat)
  • reader_sl.exe - Adobe Acrobat SpeedLauncher
  • acrord32.dll - Adobe Reader (Adobe Reader 7.0)
  • acrord32.exe
  • AXEParser.dll - AXEParser (Adobe XML Engine Parser)
  • cooltype.dll - CoolType (CoolType Typography Engine)
  • JP2KLib.dll - JP2KLib (JPEG200 Core Library)
  • axsle.dll - AXSLE (Adobe XSLT Engine)
  • ace.dll - ACE (Adobe Color Engine)
  • agm.dll - AGM (Adobe Graphics Manager)
  • bib.dll - BIB (Bravo Interface Binder)
  • onlineservices.dll - Adobe Online Services for Acrobat (Online Services Library)
  • svgrsrc.dll - Adobe SVG Viewer (SVG Viewer Core 6.0 Resources)
  • nppdf32.dll - Adobe Acrobat Plug-In Version 7.00 for Netscape
  • acroaum.exe - Acroaum (Acroaum 7.0)
  • svgcore.dll - SVGCore (SVGCore 6.0)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • nppdf32.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'nppdf32.dll'.
Scheduled Task
  • AcroRd32.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{4DACB1CE-5D8B-46A4-855B-96ABB9FEFDC5}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • AdobeUpdateManager.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'updateMgr' and executes as C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\AdobeUpdateManager.exe AcRdB7_0_0.
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".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • AcroRd32.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:45.48 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0007225812%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00022381%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00049877%
0.015104% average
70 average

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 7.0, 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 7.0 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win XP 36%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 43.25%
Windows 7 32.19%
Windows Vista 14.81%
Windows 10 9.63%
Windows Server 2003 0.13%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 42.85%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.05%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.83%
Windows 7 Home Premium 7.28%
Windows 7 Professional 6.13%
Windows Vista Home Basic 4.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

40.27% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 40.27%
  India 5.31%
  Iran 4.72%
  United Kingdom 4.24%
  Italy 3.27%
  Germany 3.00%
  France 2.73%
  Canada 2.41%
  Australia 1.61%
  Indonesia 1.61%
  BD 1.61%
  Netherlands 1.61%
  Spain 1.34%
  Brazil 1.23%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 22.84%
Dell 16.65%
Hewlett-Packard 16.35%
American Megatrends 10.56%
Toshiba 7.51%
Sahara 7.31%
Intel 5.18%
ASUS 3.25%
Lenovo 1.22%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite A135 7.00%
Acer Aspire T180 5.64%
Acer Aspire 5100 2.71%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.26%
Acer Aspire 5630 1.81%

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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