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What is the AcroIEHelperShim.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 AcroIEHelperShim.dll process is also known as Adobe PDF Helper for Internet Explorer or, as the case may be, Adobe Reader (Version 9.4.2) and is a part of AcroIEHelperShim Library or, as the case may be, Adobe Common File Installer. This software is produced by Adobe Systems (www.adobe.com). An obsolete or defective version of AcroIEHelperShim.dll 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 AcroIEHelperShim.dll Adobe PDF Helper

AcroIEHelperShim.dll is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file AcroIEHelperShim.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents" or sometimes in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 75,128 bytes (30% of all these files), 75,200 bytes as well as 11 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 18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The file attaches itself to Internet Explorer, the standard Windows browser, possibly in order to monitor surfing activity. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. For this reason, 27% 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 AcroIEHelperShim.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 AcroIEHelperShim?

From Adoe, Said to improve call of Acrobat Within IE when displaying a PDF. I dislike this as it's a potentila host for trojan. So I delete it (doens't see any difference in IE calling PDF after that).
Gordon
Dit is legitieme software van Adobe Reader, Dit is bijvoorbeeld nodig om Youtube filmpjes te kijken of spelletjes te spelen http://www.adobe.com/ (further information...)
Kenyen
"acroiehelperShim.dll" is an Internet Explorer helper application. It allows you to display Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files directly within your web browser, rather than having to launch Acrobat Reader. http://www.adobe.com/ (further information...)
Dr. Ashley
unable to delete, even as administrator. not required for youtube. any software refusing to be deleted and not initially requesting your permission to be installed should be regarded as suspicious.
Roger
acroiehelpershim.dll belongs to AcroIEHelperShim Library developed by Adobe Systems
Ken

Summary: 4 users judge AcroIEHelperShim.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted AcroIEHelperShim.dll. source: file.net

How to uninstall AcroIEHelperShim Library or Adobe Common File Installer

AcroIEHelperShim.dll Adobe PDF Helper fix

To remove Adobe PDF Helper from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for AcroIEHelperShim Library or Adobe Common File Installer in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if AcroIEHelperShim.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 AcroIEHelperShim.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.

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