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What’s AdobeARM.exe (Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager)? Is it safe or a virus?

AdobeARM.exe is a process associated with Adobe Reader, a popular PDF reading program. This executable file is part of the Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager, which is responsible for checking for and installing updates for the Adobe software.

It runs in the background and periodically connects to the Adobe servers to see if there are any new updates available for the installed Adobe products. When an update is found, AdobeARM.exe will prompt the user to download and install the update.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes AdobeARM.exe (Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager)?

We’ve found Adobe Systems, Incorporated should be the publisher of AdobeARM.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is AdobeARM.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the AdobeARM.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find AdobeARM.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 9, 2024

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