84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove Foxit Reader?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #205
United States Rank #353
Reach 2.7288%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 30.42 days
897.27 days >
Average installed length: 471.45 days


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70 versions

Foxit Reader

What is Foxit Reader?  (from Foxit)

Foxit Reader is a small, fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows the user to open, view, and print any PDF file. Foxit PDF Reader includes features like annotations, forms filling, highlighting text, and the ability to add text to PDF documents.


Foxit Reader is a software program developed by Foxit. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named foxit reader.exe. The setup package generally installs about 74 files and is usually about 42.88 MB (44,959,833 bytes). The installed file foxit updater.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. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 36% of users of Foxit Reader come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Brazil.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.foxitsoftware.com/?Language=en
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 42.88 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Foxit Reader

Program executable:foxit reader.exe
Name:Foxit Reader
Foxit Reader 6.1, Best Reader for Everyday Use!
Path:C:\Program Files\foxit software\foxit reader\foxit reader.exe
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe - Foxit Reader Uninstall
  • UninstallPrint.exe - FoxitTool Application
  • foxit updater.exe - Foxit Updater
  • FoxitReader.exe - Foxit Reader (Foxit Reader 5.4, Best Reader for Everyday Use!)
  • fpc_exceladdin_x64.dll - Foxit Reader PDF Printer: Reliable, Affordable, Efficient (Foxit Reader PDF Printer: Excel Plugin)
  • fpc_exceladdin_x86.dll
  • fpc_pptaddin_x64.dll - Foxit Reader PDF Printer: PowerPoint Plugin
  • fpc_pptaddin_x86.dll
  • fpc_wordaddin_x64.dll - Foxit Reader PDF Printer: Word Plugin
  • fpc_wordaddin_x86.dll
  • fxc_proxyprocess.exe - Foxit PDF Printer: Reliable, Affordable, Efficient (Foxit PDF Printer: Save file)
  • FoxitPrevHndlr.dll - Foxit Software Foxit Shell Extention
  • FoxitThumbnailHndlr_x64.dll
  • FoxitThumbnailHndlr_x86.dll
  • foxitreaderbrowserax.dll - FoxitReaderOCX ActiveX Control Module
  • foxitreaderocx.ocx
  • npfoxitreaderplugin.dll - Foxit Reader Plugin for Mozilla (Foxit Reader Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape)
  • converttopdfshellextension_x64.dll - ConvertToPDFShellExtension
  • converttopdfshellextension_x86.dll
  • converttopdf_x64.dll - Foxit PDF Convertor
  • converttopdf_x86.dll
  • FoxitPrevhost.exe - Foxit PDF Preview Handler Host
  • fxdecod1.dll - Foxit Reader Addon: JBIG2/JPEG2000 Decoder
  • activation.exe - Foxit Enterprise Reader Activation
  • SendCrashReport.exe
  • GdpAnalytics.exe (by Soft365) - GdpAnalutics (Analytics)
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • UnInstallPDFReaderPlugin.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • ConvertToPDFShellExtension_x86.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Foxit_ConvertToPDF_Reader' with a class of {A94757A0-0226-426F-B4F1-4DF381C630D3}.
  • ConvertToPDFShellExtension_x64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Foxit_ConvertToPDF_Reader' with a class of {A94757A0-0226-426F-B4F1-4DF381C630D3}.
Google Chrome Plugin
  • npFoxitReaderPlugin.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npFoxitReaderPlugin.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npfoxitreaderplugin.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@foxitsoftware.com/Foxit Reader Plugin,version=1.0,application/vnd.xfdf' with a plugin key of '@foxitsoftware.com/Foxit Reader Plugin,version=1.0,application/vnd.xfdf' for all users of the PC.
3 Scheduled Tasks
  • Foxit Reader.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{1992CBEE-26C8-4851-8386-735E4F6C18C4}' (runs on registration).
  • Foxit Updater.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{93A3906D-318B-402E-ADD5-BEC69A66B187}' (runs on registration).
  • unins000.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{4BE889B0-8F6C-44AE-AC94-AB8A70B3680D}' (runs on registration).
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • Foxit Reader.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\Foxit Reader.exe'.
  • unins000.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\unins000.exe'.
  • Foxit Updater.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\Foxit Updater.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

foxit updater.exe
Memory:4.19 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0041365227%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00244321%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00169332%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:360,978
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:87 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:77.9 KB
105.02 KB average
Foxit Reader.exe
Memory:32.63 MB
Total CPU:0.0126333326%
Kernel CPU:0.01086124%
User CPU:0.00177210%

How do I remove Foxit Reader?

You can uninstall Foxit 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 Foxit Reader, 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 Foxit Reader.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Foxit Reader you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 58%
Win 10 0%
Plugs into Mozilla Firefox
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.04%
Windows 10 22.24%
Windows XP 8.29%
Windows Vista 3.36%
Windows Server 2003 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.11%
Windows 7 Ultimate 23.31%
Windows 7 Professional 14.61%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.26%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.22%
Windows 8.1 4.92%

Distribution by countryGeography

36.26% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 36.26%
  Germany 7.52%
  Brazil 4.11%
  United Kingdom 3.73%
  France 3.47%
  Canada 2.70%
  Italy 2.26%
  MA 2.19%
  India 1.92%
  Netherlands 1.91%
  Iran 1.86%
  Australia 1.56%
  DZ 1.52%
  Vietnam 1.25%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 23.51%
Hewlett-Packard 23.35%
Acer 17.14%
ASUS 10.16%
Toshiba 4.67%
Samsung 3.91%
Lenovo 3.74%
Intel 1.90%
American Megatrends 1.39%
Sahara 0.90%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.83%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.32%
ASUS All Series 3.59%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.39%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.24%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.31%

About Foxit

Foxit Corporation focuses on providing application solutions for reading, generating, organizing, and securing PDF documents.
Publisher URL: www.foxitsoftware.com

comments6 comments

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Concerned Former Userover a year ago
It now installs malware along with it's install without any ability to skip its install. Avoid.
user comment
Jlawrence567over a year ago
It is the best PDF reader for pen and touch input with Windows 8
user comment
Indianover a year ago
Foxit Reader is a very good alternative for Adobe Acrobat, especially due to its small size and fast rendering abilities. Many users might have removed this just because they prefer to keep Adobe Acrobat and don't want another program doing the same work installed. I do not use Adobe Acrobat and relies on Foxit Reader for more than two years, both at home and office.
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waltdetover a year ago
Great replacement for adobe quicker and feature rich
user comment
DCWover a year ago
Use to like it. Will not print to KODAK Office Hero 6.1 printers. All updates in place.
user comment
androalpover a year ago
much faster than adobe reader, good for slow computers