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What is the AcroIEHelper.ocx 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.ocx process is also known as AcroIEHelper Module and is a part of Adobe Acrobat (Version 4.0,) or, as the case may be, Adobe Photoshop (Version CC 2014). This software is produced by Adobe Systems (www.adobe.com). An obsolete or defective version of AcroIEHelper.ocx can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about AcroIEHelper.ocx AcroIEHelper Module

AcroIEHelper.ocx is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. AcroIEHelper.ocx is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". The file size is 37,808 bytes.
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. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. AcroIEHelper.ocx is no part of Microsoft Windows. It contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. For this service - unlike Windows' own system services - there is no good description available. It attaches itself to Internet Explorer, the standard Windows browser, possibly in order to monitor surfing activity. It has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. AcroIEHelper.ocx 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. For this reason, 67% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

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.ocx. 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?

Adobes Acrobat Reader is used to view PDF Documents. That process seems to be necessary for the browser plugin. That plugin shows a PDF Document in a browser windows after you click a corresponding link. (further information...)
harmless but a waste of resources to run at startup
Adobe Acrobat Reader plugin. Don't like it that much. Use FoxIt Reader myself. So meh. (further information...)

Summary: 9 users judge AcroIEHelper.ocx to be an essential file that should not be touched. 7 users consider it harmless. However, 4 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net

How to uninstall Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Photoshop

To remove AcroIEHelper Module from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Photoshop in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if AcroIEHelper.ocx (AcroIEHelper Module) 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 AcroIEHelper Module. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for AcroIEHelper Module 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.ocx 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.

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