What is AdobeARM.exe?

AdobeARM.exe is part of Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager and developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated according to the AdobeARM.exe version information.

AdobeARM.exe's description is "Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager"

AdobeARM.exe is digitally signed by Adobe Systems, Incorporated.

AdobeARM.exe is usually located in the 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\' folder.

None of the anti-virus scanners at VirusTotal reports anything malicious about AdobeARM.exe.

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Vendor and version information [?]

The following is the available information on AdobeARM.exe:

Product nameAdobe Reader and Acrobat Manager
Company nameAdobe Systems Incorporated
File descriptionAdobe Reader and Acrobat Manager
Internal nameAdobeARM.exe
Original filenameAdobeARM.exe
Legal copyrightCopyright © 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.
Product version1.0.5.0
File version1.0.5.0

Here's a screenshot of the file properties when displayed by Windows Explorer:

Product nameAdobe Reader and Acrobat Manager
Company nameAdobe Systems Incorporated
File descriptionAdobe Reader and Acrobat Manager
Internal nameAdobeARM.exe
Original filenameAdobeARM.exe
Legal copyrightCopyright © 2009 Adobe Systems Inco..
Product version1.0.5.0
File version1.0.5.0

Digital signatures [?]

AdobeARM.exe has a valid digital signature.

Signer nameAdobe Systems, Incorporated
Certificate issuer nameVeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2004 CA
Certificate serial number270d755c9f5ac3b7db61f50998287078

VirusTotal report

None of the 47 anti-virus programs at VirusTotal detected the AdobeARM.exe file.

None of the 47 anti-virus programs detected the AdobeARM.exe file.

Folder name variants

AdobeARM.exe may also be located in other folders than C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\. The most common variants are listed below:

Hashes [?]


Error Messages

These are some of the error messages that can appear related to adobearm.exe:

adobearm.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

adobearm.exe - Application Error. The instruction at "0xXXXXXXXX" referenced memory at "0xXXXXXXXX". The memory could not be "read/written". Click on OK to terminate the program.

Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager has stopped working.

End Program - adobearm.exe. This program is not responding.

adobearm.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

adobearm.exe - Application Error. The application failed to initialize properly (0xXXXXXXXX). Click OK to terminate the application.

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User vote results: There were 1634 votes to remove and 507 votes to keep

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Please share with the other users what you think about this file. What does this file do? Is it legitimate or something that your computer is better without? Do you know how it was installed on your system? Did you install it yourself or did it come bundled with some other software? Is it running smoothly or do you get some error message? Any information that will help to document this file is welcome. Thank you for your contributions.

I'm reading all new comments so don't hesitate to post a question about the file. If I don't have the answer perhaps another user can help you.

Duncan writes

5 thumbs

"The Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.2 and 8.1.7 updates will include a new update and deployment tool, initially shipping in a passive, beta state, which will be functional for Acrobat and Adobe Reader customers in the near future, as well as two new changes in security user interface and control. More information on this is available here <http://blogs.adobe.com/adobereader/>"

# 18 Oct 2009, 18:36

Roger Karlsson writes

12 thumbs

After installing Adobe Reader 9 you will see two new programs that run each time you reboot your PC: AdobeARM.exe and Reader_sl.exe. (Actually, you will see a third process called SSScheduler.exe, if you don't uncheck "Free McAfee Security Scan" while downloading the Adobe program)

The following is what the Adobe web site says about Reader_sl.exe:
"When you install Reader, the Speed Launcher program is installed into your computer’s Common Startup group. The Speed Launcher shortens the time needed to start Reader. Although this is not recommended, you can disable Speed Launcher by dragging its icon out of the Startup folder."

Ok, so what about AdobeARM.exe? There's hardly any information available on this file at the Adobe web site. I think AdobeARM.exe a component that checks and downloads Adobe software/security updates. You can see AdobeARM.exe in action by starting Adobe Reader, click on the Help menu, choose "Check for updates". AdobeARM.exe will now pop up in the Windows Task manager.

@Adobe: Why don't you use the Windows Task Scheduler to schedule your update-checking program after specified time intervals? It's right there, built into the Windows NT-based operating systems: Open the Windows Control Panel, click on Scheduled Tasks.

# 6 Nov 2009, 5:32

Chris G writes

0 thumbs

I'm trying to also find out information about AdobeArm.exe - you're right about there being very little about the program. I've disabled it for now in msconfig. I've got the preferences set to do not download updates so hopefully it should be ok.

# 12 Nov 2009, 11:48

amos writes

-2 thumbs

AdobeArb connects to the internet on startup and leaves a log file in your temp file folder : adobearm.log

# 6 Dec 2009, 9:33

Jopower writes

0 thumbs

Every time I access a PDF the AdobeARM is detected by my firewall, ZoneAlarm. I always deny the outgoing connection attempt. From similar responses to opening other media files in common progs like Media Player, et al, I suspect it is akin to a tracking, permission or copyright check of the file. This is becoming the norm of recent for accessing almost anything with a high profile media prog. I do note there is no problem viewing the file after denial, unlike some of the above inferred progs (ahem!). And thanks to ZoneAlarm for the instant headzup and choice (unlike Windows OEM firewall).

# 26 Jan 2010, 3:48

John Banias writes

0 thumbs

i found it in the event viewer as an application error event 1000. it happened after a game i was playing called Galapago. faulting module adobearm.exe, version1.1.5.0 f address 0x00058a81

# 12 Apr 2010, 1:15

Still Closer writes

1 thumb

Different file size : 952768
MD5: DB1DB28467111A24664933AB8908CBCE
Path: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe

Acrobat Reader Version 9.3.2

# 12 May 2010, 11:41

lina torres writes

-1 thumb

como quitar el adobearm.exe de mi pc no aparece en archivos de programa y lo booro del adminitrador de tareas y me sige apareciendo

# 11 Nov 2010, 9:23

John Taylor writes

-1 thumb

My computer is accessed by a remote start up at ad-hoc times. On looking at OBDC I can see that AdobeARM.log is the culprit lodging in C:\Documents and Settings.
Does this mean the program has this as a built in capability or is it a vehicle being used by other unseen malware.
All my various security scans come up clean and I use CCleaner regularly.
Any advice would be appreciated as my inclination is to expunge Adobe completely from the registry.

# 10 Mar 2011, 0:11

Jim S writes

0 thumbs

My AdobeARM.exe triggers an alert from Kaspersky Internet Security v11.0.1.400, stating that AdobeARM.exe is trying to access restricted passwords on my system. This happens every time I use a non-Adobe product, PDF Converter Professional v4.2 from Nuance Communications, to convert a webpage in my Mozilla Firefox browser v11.0 into a PDF file to save that webpage on my hard drive. It bothers me that this file always wants to access restricted passwords on my system. Does anyone know if restricted passwords are a necessity for AdobeARM.exe to do its thing? I don't have any bootup password on my system or on my Adobe Acrobat Reader v10.1.3, so I can't fathom why AdobeARM.exe would need to do that. Practically the only passwords I can think of on my system are a few documents that are password protected. What gives?

# 2 May 2012, 8:58

michael clyde writes

1 thumb

if you disable arm in services it won't bother you anymore ... stop a/updates also, windows and adobe (all)

# 1 Feb 2015, 2:56

Roger Karlsson writes

0 thumbs

Thank you Michael.

# 1 Feb 2015, 5:03

Wiliam Mooney writes

0 thumbs

AdobeARM.exe intrudes onscreen telling me there is no disc in the drive. Please insert a disc in drive G. this will not cancel or clear from the screen and stops my use of programs. how do I clear it as it is nuisance and limits my use of my computer

# 13 Nov 2015, 2:31

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