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What does the reader_sl.exe file do?

The reader_sl.exe process is also known as Adobe Acrobat SpeedLauncher or, as the case may be, Adobe Reader (Version 8.3.1, 9.1, 9, 8.2.0) and is a part of Adobe Acrobat or, as the case may be, Adobe Reader (Version 9, 8). This software is produced by Adobe Systems (www.adobe.com). An obsolete or defective version of reader_sl.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 reader_sl.exe Adobe Acrobat SpeedLauncher

reader_sl.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Reader_sl.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - mostly C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 39,792 bytes (28% of all these files), 29,696 bytes as well as 30 other variants.
The reader_sl file is not part of the Windows operating system. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. Reader_sl.exe contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. For this reason, 12% 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 reader_sl.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 reader_sl?

Part of 'Adobe Acrobat Reader' version 7 - runs from startup group, assume it speeds up opening pdf files. Should be in the directory C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\ (further information...)
I believe it sends E-mails
Peter Driscoll
its adobe acrobat reader
adobe's startup program to decrease loading time for acrobat
This reads any secure logins you make and stores them to a random file under systemroot. It does not appear to transmit data over the net.

Summary: 29 users judge reader_sl.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 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, 7 users have already deleted reader_sl.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader

reader_sl.exe Adobe Acrobat SpeedLauncher fix

To remove Adobe Acrobat SpeedLauncher 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 Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if reader_sl.exe (Adobe Acrobat SpeedLauncher) 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 SpeedLauncher. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Adobe Acrobat SpeedLauncher 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 reader_sl.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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