How To: Disable Adobe AcroTray.exe from Startup

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Adobe Acrobat is software that allows users to view, create, edit, print and manage PDF files. It is used in a variety of areas, including business, IT, administrative services and educational documentation. However, users receive a software component called AcroTray that is installed with Adobe Acrobat. This program is automatically loaded at startup without the need to use it.

When you install programs on your PC, unnecessary extras are often installed at the same time as the program. These extras block the computer and do more than just harm. Acrotray.exe, which is part of the Adobe Acrobat program, is such a useless process that many users try to disable it because it is a resource guzzler. Fortunately, it is easy to disable and has no effect on Acrobat’s functionality.

What is AcroTray.exe?

Acrotray.exe is an essential process for PDF conversion workflows.

If you do not want to use it, you can stop the process. Acrobat will automatically call this process when you try to use one of the conversion workflows, so it cannot be permanently disabled unless you uninstall Acrobat and use the reader instead to view PDF files.

To disable Adobe AcroTray.exe from startup

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This procedure attempts to disable AcroTray.exe on your computer. A team from the Adobe forum proposed this patch:

  1. Press Window + R and type msconfig in the dialog box and press Enter. This should open the System Configuration window. In Windows 10, you can click on the search icon and type msconfig. The system configuration must appear in the results.
  2. Go to the Start tab and search for AcroTray. If you find it, uncheck the box next to it.
  3. Click Apply, then click OK.

Check for the presence of corrupted system files


Open an administrator prompt and run SFC if this does not help you. Click START, type CMD in the search box, right-click CMD.EXE, then click Run as administrator. Then, at the command prompt, type sfc /scannow.

Disabling Adobe AcroTray with Autoruns

Autoruns is a utility that allows you to track and control all programs that automatically start when Windows starts. If you cannot find AcroTray in the Task Manager or it does not work, you can simply disable it at startup with this tool. Follow the steps below to download and use the Autoruns utility:

  1. Click on the following link and download the latest version of the utility: Autoruns
  2. Unzip the downloaded file with WinRAR.
  3. Now open the extracted folder, right-click on the Autoruns64.exe file and select Run as Administrator.
  4. Locate Acrobat Assistant (AcroTray) and disable it in the list.
  5. Restart your computer and it will not restart.

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