Back in October, I expressed my frustration with Adobe Reader updates. After updating Reader 8 and 9 too many times to count, suddenly in 9.2 I was left with more questions than answers. Part of that post was wondering what adobearm.exe was. That post is still strangely popular so I thought I’d post an update.
Adobe still has nothing about adobeARM.exe in its knowledgebase.
When you Google adobeARM.exe after finding the link for this site, you find some sites claiming adobeARM.exe is malware. Hard to believe since this file is part of the installation package from Adobe Reader.
The best info I’ve found is in this Adobe Forum thread.
Ignore the usual misinformation about Flash for ARM powered mobile devices, and the ubiquitous advice to just switch to FoxIT.
You find the same info that we had a commenter post in October. “AdobeARM.exe is a part of new Adobe Acrobat\Reader updater. If you manage updates yourself, it is absolutely safe to remove it from Run registry.”
While this info is far from authoritative, I would suggest home users leave it alone. In corporations that manage updates, I’d continue to disable updates via the Adobe Tuner and remove this exe from the startup directory.