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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 #1,625
United States Rank #3,872
Reach 0.4247%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.11 days
475.17 days >
Average installed length: 249.66 days


VersionDistribution 9.44% 90.56%

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PDF Architect

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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 program developed by pdfforge. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 software installer includes 32 files and is usually about 92.69 MB (97,187,903 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 19% of users of PDF Architect come from Germany, it is also popular in the United States and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pdfforge.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PDF Architect\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{064A929A-4DE8-40CF-A901-BD40C14E4D25}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 92.69 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by PDF Architect

  • PDF-Architect-Installer-1.1.83.exe - Pdf Architect Installer Installer
  • ContextMenuExt.dll - PDF Architect Shell Extension
  • PDFServerEngine.exe - PDF Architect Server Engine
  • PDFPreviewer.dll - PDF Architect Previewer
  • PreviewerSurrogate.exe
  • 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)
  • AxPDFReader.dll - PDF Architect
  • ConversionServiceProxyDll.dll - PDF Architect Conversion Service Proxy Module
  • Graphics.dll
  • GuiFramework.dll
  • HtmlGUI.dll - PDF Architect HtmlGUI Module
  • PDF Architect.exe - PDF Architect Application
  • ps2pdf.exe
  • Translator.dll - PDF Architect Translator Module
  • TwainWrapper.dll
  • FdfTk.dll (by Adobe Systems) - FdfTk (FDF Toolkit)
  • GdiPlus.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 '{83104E57-6AAA-4665-9359-63502DA48C40}' (runs on registration).
2 Services
  • HelperService.exe runs as a service named 'PDF Architect Helper Service' (PDF Architect Helper Service) "pdfforge GmbH".
  • ConversionService.exe runs as a service named 'PDF Architect Service' (PDF Architect Service) "pdfforge GmbH".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.99 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000829028%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00006069%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00002221%
0.015104% average
Memory:3.97 MB
Total CPU:0.0000370498%
Kernel CPU:0.00002965%
User CPU:0.00000740%

How do I remove PDF Architect?

Quickly and completely remove PDF Architect from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, 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: 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: 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.

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Win 7 (SP1) 55%
Win 7 0%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.12%
Windows 10 32.95%
Windows XP 4.94%
Windows Vista 3.96%
Windows Server 2003 0.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.39%
Windows 7 Professional 16.01%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.52%
Windows 8.1 9.95%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.87%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.91%

Distribution by countryGeography

19.14% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 19.14%
  United States 18.83%
  France 13.76%
  Italy 8.56%
  Brazil 3.51%
  Spain 3.00%
  United Kingdom 2.45%
  Belgium 2.32%
  Netherlands 2.28%
  Canada 2.10%
  Argentina 1.65%
  Switzerland 1.46%
  Austria 1.38%
  Poland 1.30%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.36%
Dell 18.99%
Acer 17.81%
ASUS 14.18%
Samsung 6.02%
Medion 4.73%
Toshiba 3.96%
Lenovo 3.06%
Intel 1.27%
American Megatrends 1.05%
MSI 0.85%
Common models
Intel Corporation Intel p... 9.72%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.35%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.00%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.58%
NOBLEX NT1015E 3.34%
ASUS All Series 2.50%


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