What is the AcroIEHelper.dll component needed for?Simply stated, a DLL file is an unnamed executable file. It cannot be directly invoked, but it can be called by any executable Windows program.
The AcroIEHelper.dll process is also known as Adobe PDF Helper for Internet Explorer or, as the case may be, Adobe Acrobat IE Helper (Version 7.0 for ActiveX, 6.0 for ActivieX) and is a part of AcroIEHelper Library or, as the case may be, Adobe Acrobat (Version 8 Professional, 8 Standard, 9 Pro Extended, 9 Standard). This software is produced by Adobe Systems (www.adobe.com). An obsolete or defective version of AcroIEHelper.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Adobe PDF Helper has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Adobe PDF Helper has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- AcroIEHelper.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module AcroIEHelper.dll. Read of address 00000000.
Free PC Check
Scan your computer today at no charge with the Windows Repair Tool. This tool helps repair Windows and helps it run faster.
What you should know about AcroIEHelper.dll Adobe PDF Helper
AcroIEHelper.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file AcroIEHelper.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents" (mostly C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\reader\ActiveX\ respectively C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\).
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 62,080 bytes (79% of all these files), 61,888 bytes as well as 10 other variants.
This DLL file is a browser plug-in. This could mean that your Internet Explorer has been given additional useful capabilities. However, not all such plug-ins are worthwhile. Some just display advertisements or surreptitiously change your browser settings. The unique identifer of the browser plug-in is 06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3 or, as the case may be, 8CF21D67-EDE6-4BBC-A009-D2CF3AAA0AE2 or, as the case may be, 54A98DD5-0357-4EF1-A698-BB08E73CF725. The application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The AcroIEHelper file attaches itself to Internet Explorer, the standard Windows browser, possibly in order to monitor surfing activity. For this service - unlike Windows' own system services - there is no good description available. The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. It has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. AcroIEHelper.dll possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. For this reason, 37% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A AcroIEHelper.dll file has a 37% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 59,032 bytes (32% of all these files), 63,136 bytes as well as 5 other variants. This AcroIEHelper.dll process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. As a plug-in of Windows Internet Explorer, this file has the ability to look over your shoulder as you browse the Web. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). There is no concrete documentation available for this service. AcroIEHelper.dll does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. You can find the file or its related application in Control Panel under Programs. You can then rerun the setup or uninstall the program.
- A AcroIEHelper.dll file has a 82% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows directory. In this case, the file size is usually 226,304 bytes. This file does not supply any version information or other description. It is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. It attaches itself to Internet Explorer, the standard Windows browser, possibly in order to monitor surfing activity. There is no concrete documentation available for this service. It is no part of Microsoft Windows. AcroIEHelper.dll appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves AcroIEHelper.dll. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about AcroIEHelper?
|Adobe File (further information...) |
|Adobe Acrobat Internet Explorer extension. HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AcroIEHelper.AcroIEHlprObj |
|I can't remove process like this from control panel Settings Control Panel Add/Remove Programs (further information...) |
Summary: 40 users judge AcroIEHelper.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. 14 users consider it harmless. However, 4 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 8 users have already deleted AcroIEHelper.dll. source: file.net
How to uninstall AcroIEHelper Library or Adobe Acrobat
To remove Adobe PDF Helper from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for AcroIEHelper Library or Adobe Acrobat in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if AcroIEHelper.dll (Adobe PDF Helper) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Adobe PDF Helper. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Adobe PDF Helper or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or AcroIEHelper.dll is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.