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Should I remove PDF Architect?

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 #2,832
United States Rank #4,852
Reach 0.2105%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 26.63 days
785.61 days >
Average installed length: 412.78 days


VersionDistribution 56.82% 4.44% 37.15% 1.57%

Typically installed together

PDF Architect

What is PDF Architect?  (from pdfforge)

PDFArchitect is a tool to easily modify your PDF files - i.e. you can merge two files, delete pages or rotate them.


PDF Architect is a software program developed by pdfforge. 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. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft 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). 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 ps2pdf.exe. The setup package generally installs about 26 files and is usually about 90.59 MB (94,985,367 bytes). 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 25% of users of PDF Architect come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pdfforge.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PDF Architect\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{80A07844-CA64-4DE4-AB61-D37DDBE8074F}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 90.59 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by PDF Architect

Program executable:ps2pdf.exe
Name:PDF Architect
Path:C:\Program Files\PDF Architect\ps2pdf.exe
Additional files:
  • ContextMenuExt.dll - PDF Architect Shell Extension
  • PDFServerEngine.exe - PDF Architect Server Engine
  • PDFPreviewer.dll - PDF Architect Previewer
  • PreviewerSurrogate.exe
  • AxPDFReader.dll - PDF Architect ActiveX
  • PDFIEPlugin.dll - PDF Architect Toolbar
  • PDFIEHelper.dll - PDF Architect Helper
  • ConversionService.exe - ConversionService (PDF Architect Conversion Service)
  • HelperService.exe - Helper Service (PDF Architect Helper Service)
  • ConversionServiceProxyDll.dll - PDF Architect (PDF Architect Conversion Service Proxy Module)
  • Graphics.dll
  • GuiFramework.dll - PDF Architect GuiFramework Module
  • HtmlGUI.dll - PDF Architect HtmlGUI Module
  • PDF Architect.exe - PDF Architect Application
  • Translator.dll - PDF Architect Translator Module
  • TwainWrapper.dll
  • PDFCreator-1_6_2_setup.exe - PDFCreator (PDFCreator is the easy way of creating PDFs.)
  • libcurl.dll (by The cURL library, http://curl.haxx.se/) - The cURL library (libcurl Shared Library)
  • D3DCompiler_43.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • ContextMenuExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'PDFArchitectExtension' with a class of {DBDB3433-0E01-40CE-A026-D9F54FAC3CA9}.
Internet Explorer BHO
  • PDFIEHelper.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'PDF Architect Helper' with the class of {3A2D5EBA-F86D-4BD3-A177-019765996711}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • PDFIEPlugin.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'PDF Architect Toolbar' with the class of {25A3A431-30BB-47C8-AD6A-E1063801134F}.
Scheduled Task
  • PDF Architect.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CD70F404-7AC1-422F-B701-054C5EBB0553}' (runs on registration).
2 Services
  • HelperService.exe runs as a service named 'PDF Architect Helper Service' (PDF Architect Helper Service).
  • ConversionService.exe runs as a service named 'PDF Architect Service' (PDF Architect Service).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.44 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001981823%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00006624%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00013194%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:10,961
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:11 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:4 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:3.04 MB
Total CPU:0.0000539131%
Kernel CPU:0.00003859%
User CPU:0.00001532%
CPU cycles/sec:2,011
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes

How do I remove PDF Architect?

You can uninstall PDF Architect 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 PDF Architect, 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 PDF Architect.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by PDF Architect you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win XP 0%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.27%
Windows 10 15.49%
Windows XP 7.18%
Windows Vista 5.95%
Windows Server 2003 0.12%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.25%
Windows 7 Professional 17.70%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.99%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.17%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.96%
Windows 10 Home 2.83%

Distribution by countryGeography

24.92% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 24.92%
  Germany 24.37%
  France 11.05%
  Italy 6.31%
  Spain 4.18%
  Canada 2.29%
  Belgium 2.18%
  Netherlands 2.05%
  United Kingdom 2.05%
  Austria 1.62%
  Brazil 1.58%
  Switzerland 1.49%
  Czech Republic 1.16%
  Poland 1.04%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.01%
Dell 20.98%
Acer 17.73%
ASUS 10.73%
Samsung 4.80%
Medion 3.89%
Toshiba 3.20%
Lenovo 2.08%
American Megatrends 1.77%
Intel 1.60%
Sahara 1.25%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.97%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.85%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.23%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.36%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 1.87%
Acer Aspire 7750G 1.62%


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