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Should I remove Nitro PDF Reader?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
24% remove it76% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,668
United States Rank #6,201
Reach 0.0538%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 639.89 days
1496.39 days >
Average installed length: 786.24 days


VersionDistribution 7.17% 53.02% 12.26% 7.26% 3.49% 12.45% 1.51% 2.83%

Nitro PDF Reader

What is Nitro PDF Reader?

The software is typically bundled with third party installers such as Open Candy. "A free PDF reader that offers a range of advanced creation, editing and reviewing features, not found in other free PDF reader products."

About  (from Nitro PDF Software)

Do everything you expect with a PDF reader, and then some. Create PDF files from any source easily. Sign them securely. Then collaborate with anyone, anywhere. Create PDFs from virtually any Windows application. Convert any printable files to PDF directly from the source, or within Nitro Reader. Nitro PDF Creator, a ...  Read more


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 primary executable is named NitroPDFReader.exe. The setup package generally installs about 46 files and is usually about 60.52 MB (63,454,603 bytes).
Nitro PDF Reader has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.nitroreader.com
Help link: www.getsatisfaction.com/nitropdf
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Nitro PDF\Reader\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{2881063B-C58F-49EB-97FD-8BF58EC580F9}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 60.52 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Nitro PDF Reader

Program executable:NitroPDFReader.exe
Name:Nitro PDF Reader
Path:C:\Program Files\Nitro PDF\Reader\NitroPDFReader.exe
Additional files:
  • Nitro_PIPAssistant.exe - Nitro PDF PIP Assistant
  • ConverterCore.dll - Nitro PDF Professional (SolidConverterCore)
  • dbCore.dll - DB Core
  • Framework.dll - framework
  • NitroPDFReader.exe
  • NitroPDFReaderDriver.dll - Solid PDF Creator
  • NitroPDFReaderDriver.exe
  • NitroPDFReaderDriverService.exe - Solid Spool Service
  • NitroPDFReaderSupportTools.exe - NitroPDFSupportTools
  • NitroPrinterInstaller.exe - NitroPrinterInstaller
  • ocr.dll - OCR
  • PDFLibTool.dll - PdfLibrary
  • SecurePdfSDK.dll - Solid Secure PDF Library
  • SolidCore.dll - SolidCore
  • npdf.dll - Nitro PDF Library
  • BCGCBPRO1210u80.dll (by BCGSoft Ltd) - BCGControlBar Professional Dynamic Link Library (BCGControlBar Professional DLL)
  • BCGPStyle2010Black1210.dll (by BCGSoft Co Ltd) - BCGSoft Office 2010 Style (Office 2010 (Black) style resource library)
  • BCGPStyle2010Blue1210.dll (by BCGSoft Co Ltd) - Office 2010 (Blue) style resource library
  • BCGPStyle2010White1210.dll - Office 2010 (White) style resource library
  • ImageTool.dll (by VoyagerSoft) - SolidImageTool (Solid Image Tool)
  • wxbase28u_vc_custom.dll (by wxWidgets development team) - wxWidgets (wxWidgets for MSW)
  • wxbase28u_xml_vc_custom.dll (by wxWidgets development team)
  • wxmsw28u_adv_vc_custom.dll
  • wxmsw28u_core_vc_custom.dll
  • wxmsw28u_html_vc_custom.dll
  • wxmsw28u_xrc_vc_custom.dll
  • NitroPDFPreviewHandler.dll - NitroPDF (Nitro PDF Preview Handler)
  • js32.dll
  • NitroPDFReaderDriverSetup.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • NitroPDFReader.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{BD994587-9B21-47AB-8AA6-5F645AACDA80}' (runs on registration).
  • NitroPDFReaderDriverService.exe runs as a service named 'NitroPDFReaderDriverCreatorReadSpool' (NitroReaderDriverReadSpool) "Nitro PDF Reader Driver Read Spool".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:832 KB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000120299%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00000802%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000401%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Nitro PDF Reader?

You can uninstall Nitro PDF 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 Nitro PDF 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 Nitro PDF Reader.

Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win Server 2003 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 24%
Keep it 76%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.94%
Windows Vista 16.01%
Windows XP 14.41%
Windows 10 5.56%
Windows Server 2003 0.09%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.66%
Microsoft Windows XP 14.42%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 13.28%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.39%
Windows 7 Professional 10.15%
Windows 10 Home 1.52%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.47% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.47%
  Germany 7.16%
  Canada 3.76%
  Italy 2.89%
  Belgium 2.39%
  United Kingdom 1.66%
  Israel 1.45%
  Spain 1.37%
  Hungary 1.23%
  Iran 1.16%
  Australia 1.08%
  Brazil 1.01%
  Malaysia 1.01%
  Philippines 0.94%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.42%
Dell 24.58%
Acer 14.78%
Toshiba 10.13%
American Megatrends 3.49%
Intel 3.49%
ASUS 2.99%
Samsung 2.16%
Lenovo 1.99%
Sahara 1.33%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.14%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.45%
Dell Inspiron 530 3.08%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.74%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.40%
Gigabyte G31M-ES2L 2.05%

About (from Nitro PDF Software)

We build easy-to-use products that help people work smarter with digital documents.
Publisher URL: www.nitropdf.com


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