What is AdobeARM.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the AdobeARM.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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AdobeARM.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AdobeARM
AdobeARM.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager or Adobe Reader X (version (10.1.2)) belongs to software Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager or Adobe Reader or Adobe Reader X or Adobe Reader XI or Adobe Reader X MUI or Adobe Reader XI MUI or REACT! Player or Adobe Common File Installer by Adobe Systems (

Description: AdobeARM.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AdobeARM.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 958,576 bytes (19% of all occurrences), 843,712 bytes and 11 more variants. 
AdobeARM.exe is a Verisign signed file. The AdobeARM.exe file is digitally signed. AdobeARM.exe is not a Windows system file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). AdobeARM.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
The software vendor offers the option to uninstall Adobe Reader or Adobe Reader X software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 8/7/Vista), consult Adobe’s Customer Service or make sure that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify AdobeARM.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AdobeARM.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example VirTool:Win32/VBInject.gen!BA (detected by Microsoft), and WS.Reputation.1 (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the AdobeARM.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.


User Comments

AdobeARM.exe is a part of new Adobe Acrobat\Reader updater. If you manage updates yourself, it is absolutely safe to remove it from Run registry.
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Tells you if there is a new version of Adobe Reader available. I was having trouble with Reader X so I uninstalled it and went back to version 9, problem solved, I'm running XP w/ latest updates. Version X works fine on my Win. 7 laptop.
As already said its part of the Adobe Updater. Whenever I launch Adobe 10 for example, a few seconds later this process is also launched and creates an icon in the taskbar. It also pops up a rather annoying ballon info that updates are available. I got rid of this by creating an empty .exe-file (with QBasic) and exchanging the four updater-files in C:\Program Files\Common Files" with this empty one with the same names as the original files. Now every time Acrobat wants to launch the updater, it just launches the empty file. Acrobat is happy and so am I because im rid of these update popups
AdobeARM.exe is constantly running on my PC. It uses 70% of my memory and 60% of my CPU time. I can stop it in Task Manager Process but I can't delete it or uninstall it.
Just another executable from Adobe that they send along with their actual programs, for starting them ahead of time, managing common background data, etc. Taking into account the resources it uses, and the delay it adds to a system start-up, it's not worth running. Probably installs other crap that you "agreed" to installing, by spacing-out during one of the installation steps--too late now!
Automatic Adobe Updates are Frightening
I'm not sure,but I think long ago I delete all Adobe stuff.

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Summary: Average user rating of AdobeARM.exe: based on 13 votes with 7 user comments. 2 users think AdobeARM.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving AdobeARM issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AdobeARM. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the AdobeARM.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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