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Is acrotray.exe safe?

Acrotray.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if acrotray.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


Acrotray.exe file information

The process known as AcroTray belongs to software Adobe Acrobat (version 8 Professional, 9 Pro, 9 Pro Extended, 9 Standard, 3D, 4.0,, 3D version 8, 3D TryOut, 8 Standard) or Adobe Common File Installer or Adobe Creative Suite (version 2, 6 Master Collection, 5 Master, 5 Master Collection, 5 Design Premium, 6 Master) or Adobe Acrobat X Pro or Adobe Acrobat Elements or Adobe Production Studio or Adobe Acrobat XI Pro or Adobe Photoshop (version CS5) by Adobe Systems (www.adobe.com).

Description: Acrotray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. acrotray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings" or in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder - mostly C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat x.0\Distillr\. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 483,328 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 217,194 bytes and 37 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/acrotray.exe.html 
The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). Acrotray.exe is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
The software vendor offers the option to get help from the software vendor Adobe, see if there is a newer version or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional.

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If acrotray.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 30% dangerous. The file size is 624,248 bytes. The program has no visible window. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows system file. Acrotray.exe is able to record inputs.
The software vendor offers the option to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ HPSSupply.

If acrotray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 30% dangerous. The file size is 624,248 bytes. The program is not visible. The file is a Verisign signed file. Acrotray.exe is digitally signed. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). Acrotray.exe is not a Windows core file. Acrotray.exe is able to record inputs.
The software vendor offers the option to get help from the software vendor Adobe or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Add or Remove Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "Acrobat Assistant *.*" can run at start up. Used to create PDF files with Acrobat Distiller. For Win9x/Me systems you can run this file manually beforehand. For WinXP systems this file must run at startup. Hence the "U" recommendation. *.* represents the version

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as acrotray.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder, for example Trojan.Adclicker (detected by Symantec), and Trojan:Win32/Meredrop (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the acrotray.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.



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User Comments

Does not do anything, aside from eat up memory. No-one uses this.
   
Adobe Acrobat Reader to open PDF files
  Matt  
help for converting file to pdf at any webpages
  vince  
Acrobat
   
this file consumes a lot of CPU power. sometimes i have to simply walk away and get a cup of coffee
  christo  
perfect excellent. no problem w me.
  tony magno  
Not dangerous:There is a trick for getting around it if you are using the Full Trial Version of Adobe Acrobat and it has Expired. You can end the process in the Task Manager every time you wish to create a PDF instead having to quit (the pop-up page that asks for a software key or quit.) You can also make PDF binders and more using the same workaround.
  JimmyLegs  
Safe but does not need to run at start up. I turned it off, tried to print to adobe pdf printer, the program started and printed fine without issue.
  Jim.B.  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of acrotray.exe: based on 88 votes with 9 reviews.
51 users think acrotray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 13 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 7 users suspect danger. 12 users think acrotray.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade acrotray.exe ("not sure about it").


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