Should I block it?

60% of PCs block this file from running.
Possible reason:
Performance resource utilization

VersionsAdditional versions

1.701.3.3014 8.79%
1, 7, 4, 0 34.56%
1, 7, 2, 0 28.37%
1, 7, 0, 0 9.54%
1, 6, 5, 0 15.06%
1, 6, 5, 0 0.08%
1, 5, 7, 0 3.60%



Adobe Acrobat Update Service by Adobe Systems (Signed)

Remove armsvc.exe
Version:   1, 7, 0, 0
MD5:   b1ea9681502ee57f87db71d726288a5b
SHA1:   285a7dc6b1e5ca4c40b94d8f0af102928ca1d201
SHA256:   d17bd2cfae72e92c77d183331d5cba0fea893bf54875920870e271940f40a8bb

What is armsvc.exe?

Adobe Acrobat Update Service is a program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software udpates and automatically downloads and installs them if found.

About armsvc.exe (from Adobe Systems)

Adobe Reader software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. Use Adobe Reader to view, search, digita


File name:armsvc.exe
Publisher:Adobe Systems Incorporated
Product name:Adobe Acrobat Update Service
Typical file path:C:\Program Files\common files\adobe\arm\1.0\armsvc.exe
File version:1, 7, 0, 0
Size:63.66 KB (65,192 bytes)
Issued to:Adobe Systems
Authority (CA):VeriSign
Expiration date:Friday, September 20, 2013
Digital DNA
PE subsystem:Windows GUI
File packed:No
Code language:Microsoft Visual C++ 9.0
More details


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Runs under 'SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services' by the Service Controller (services.exe)
  • 'AdobeARMservice' (Adobe Acrobat Update Service)
  • AdobeARMservice

ResourcesResource utilization

(Note: statistics below are averages based on a minimum sample size of 200 unique participants)
Total CPU:0.00013869%
Kernel CPU:0.00010454%
User CPU:0.00003415%
Kernel CPU time:11,156 ms/min
CPU cycles:797/sec
Private memory:1.19 MB
21.59 MB
Private (maximum):3.46 MB
Private (minimum):1.93 MB
Non-paged memory:1.19 MB
21.59 MB
Virtual memory:41.01 MB
140.96 MB
Virtual memory (peak):43.19 MB
169.69 MB
Working set:2.09 MB
18.61 MB
Working set (peak):3.92 MB
37.95 MB
Page faults:2,205/min
I/O other transfer:4 Bytes/sec
448.09 KB/min
I/O other operations:1/sec
Resource allocations

BehaviorsProcess properties

Integrety level:System
Command line:"C:\Program Files\common files\adobe\arm\1.0\armsvc.exe"
Windows Service
Service name:AdobeARMservice
Display name:Adobe Acrobat Update Service
Description:“Adobe Acrobat Updater keeps your Adobe software up to date.”
Parent process:services.exe (Services and Controller app by Microsoft)


armsvc.exe (main module)
Total CPU:0.00024655%
Kernel CPU:0.00010482%
User CPU:0.00014173%
CPU cycles:4,459/sec
Memory:64 KB
1.16 MB
Total CPU:0.00020563%
Kernel CPU:0.00008064%
User CPU:0.00012499%
CPU cycles:742/sec
Memory:100 KB
Total CPU:0.00002252%
Kernel CPU:0.00002252%
User CPU:0.00000000%
CPU cycles:53/sec
Memory:252 KB

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.00%
Windows 8.1 12.50%
Windows 7 Professional 7.00%
Windows 8 4.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.00%
Windows 8.1 Single Language 3.00%
Windows 8 Single Language 2.50%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.50%
Windows 8 Pro 2.50%
Windows Vista Home Premium 2.50%
Windows 8 Enterprise N 1.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 1.00%
Windows 7 Starter 1.00%
Windows Vista Home Basic 1.00%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise 1.00%
Windows 8.1 N 0.50%
Windows 8 Enterprise 0.50%
Windows 8.1 Pro Preview 0.50%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 48.24% of Adobe Acrobat Update Service.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Dell 21.82%
ASUS 15.27%
Hewlett-Packard 14.18%
Toshiba 12.36%
Acer 9.09%
Lenovo 8.73%
Sony 7.27%
Samsung 3.64%
Intel 3.64%
Medion 0.73%
Gateway 0.73%
Alienware 0.36%
Sahara 0.36%
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