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What does the acrotray.exe file do?

The acrotray.exe process is also known as and is a part of Adobe Acrobat DC or, as the case may be, Adobe Acrobat XI Pro. This software is produced by Adobe Systems (www.adobe.com). An obsolete or defective version of acrotray.exe 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 acrotray.exe Adobe Acrobat DC

acrotray.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Acrotray.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,871,344 bytes (10% of all these files), 840,592 bytes as well as 48 other variants.
The acrotray file is no part of Microsoft Windows. This acrotray.exe process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). Acrotray.exe is capable of log keyboard entries. For this reason, 36% 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 acrotray.exe. 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 acrotray?

This background task is installed when you install the full version of Adobe Acrobat. It comes into action when you create PDF files from non Adobe applications through the "Watched Folders" feature of Acrobat Distiller. (further information...)
Markus Meyer
I can confim this informations..
this file consumes a lot of CPU power. sometimes i have to simply walk away and get a cup of coffee (further information...)

Summary: 46 users judge acrotray.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 5 users consider it harmless. However, 6 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 9 users have already deleted acrotray.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Adobe Acrobat DC or Adobe Acrobat XI Pro

To remove Adobe Acrobat DC 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 DC or Adobe Acrobat XI Pro in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if acrotray.exe (Adobe Acrobat DC) 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 Acrobat DC. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Adobe Acrobat DC 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 acrotray.exe 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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