What is AdobeUpdateService.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the AdobeUpdateService.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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AdobeUpdateService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AdobeUpdateService
AdobeUpdateService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Adobe Update Service belongs to software Adobe Update Service or Adobe Dreamweaver (version CS6) by Adobe Systems ( or Adobe (

Description: AdobeUpdateService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file AdobeUpdateService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" (in most cases C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Adobe Desktop Common\ElevationManager\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 680,112 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 817,760 bytes and 13 more variants. 
It is a service, and the service name is AdobeUpdateService.
The program has no visible window. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. It is not a Windows core file. The AdobeUpdateService.exe file is a Verisign signed file. AdobeUpdateService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous.

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If AdobeUpdateService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 710,320 bytes. The program has no visible window. The AdobeUpdateService.exe file is digitally signed. It is not a Windows core file.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using AdobeUpdateService.exe, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Adobe Dreamweaver CS6), search for help on the company’s website or update to a possibly bug-fixed version.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AdobeUpdateService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AdobeUpdateService.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving AdobeUpdateService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AdobeUpdateService. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the AdobeUpdateService.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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