Uninstall Adobe Reader 11/10/9 – How to Remove

December 11. 2012 Updated: How to uninstall Adobe Reader XI 11?

The following layman’s options will allow you SOFTLY and/or completely uninstall Adobe Reader XI 11. Please feel free to use the detailed intuitive methods.

Steps on how to turn off automatic updates for your current version of Adobe Reader

Note Some of you may have been annoying with its frequent updates – Why? See the following express installation option you may have chosen when you finish the download – then to stop the auto-update function, do the following actions.

  • Item: Adobe Reader Installer
  • Info: Security updates and product enhancements are periodically released for Adobe Reader. Would you like to install updates automatically? Learn More
    • Option 1: Install updates automatically (recommended)
    • Option 2: Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them
    • Option 3: Notify me, but let me choose when to download and install updates
    • Option 4: Manually check for and install updates (not recommended)

  1. Logged on to your mahcine using the administrator account, run the current version of Adobe Reader 11.
  2. Open the Edit menu, scroll through it till you enter the Preferences… entry on the list; or you can also press [Ctrl] + [K] to open the following Preferences window.
  3. Locate the Updater section on the left bottom of Preferences.
  4. Then you can set the current upgrade condition to your preferences. Then click OK button to apply the modification you made to Adobe Reader 11.
  5. Save and restart your computer.

How to Thoroughly Uninstall Adobe Reader XI 11 from Your Windows System?

Tip To do so, you just need to utilize your operating system’s standard installa utility features, such as the Uninstall or change a program on Windows 7, Windows Vista; the Add or Remove Programs for Windows XP Services Pack 3 (SP3) users.

  1. Save your PDF files, you then properly exit the Adobe Reader XI 11 program in use.Moreover, to smoothly uninstall Adobe Reader 11 from your computer, you use Windows Task Manager to terminate the following related processes that still running in background, FlashPlayerPlugin_11_5_110.exe (Adobe Flash Player 11.4 r502)
  2. Now, you can start uninstalling your Adobe Reader 11 by clicking Windows Start menu.
  3. Then, for XP guys, you enter Settings; for Windows Vista or Windows 7 users, please go to Control Panel on the menu.
  4. Click the Uninstall a program in the Programs category; or you double-click the Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.
  5. Scroll through the following Uninstall or change a program list, or the Currently installed programs list, highlight the unwanted Adobe Reader XI program in the list, launch the Uninstall option for it to automatically uninstall Adobe Reader 11 on your Windows.
    • Publisher: Adobe System Incorporated
    • Size: 121 MB
    • Product version:
    • Help link: http://www[dot]adobe[dot]com/support/main.ht…

  6. Click the Yes button on the following Programs and Features, a comfirm message box from Windows 7Vista, warning “Are you sure you want to uninstall Adobe Reader XI?”.
  7. Wait seconds for Windows Installer to launch the built-in install program; click the Yes button on the following User Account Control window by your current version of Adobe Reader 11.
  8. Please wait while Windows automatically uninstalls the Adobe Reader 11 in system.
  9. Save and reboot your computer.

Note Please by following the steps above, you should have uninstalled Adobe Reader 11 automatically and successfully. If you run into any unexpected problems, please let us know: please pay a visit to our community using the following link. Furthermore, the above leading Windows uninstaller can be used to perfectly perform the force uninstall of any versions of Adobe Reader on your PC.

July 30, 2012 Updated: How to uninstall the Adobe Reader v10.0?

Similarly, you should first save and shut down any file(s), application(s) associated with Adobe Reader, the FREE PDF reader software by Adobe. The next, we recommend here, you go to Windows’ standard uninstaller to get the (old/problematic) Adobe Reader program removed from your computer: to automatically uninstall Adobe Reader 10, you just need to launch the Uninstall option for it listed in Add or Remove Programs / Programs and Features. What’s more important then, to prevent you from wrongly deleting any system files (*.dll / *.exe files type) that are still shared with any other Windows’ application(s) and/or some other third-party software (like the Adobe AIR / Adobe Flash Player 11 ActiveX), a professional Windows uninstall tool is available to download, which will help you effectively and safely detect and remove the left over files and registry entries on your machine. Here’s the manual how-to:

  1. Click the Start button in Windows Taskbar, scroll up and click the Control Panel; and if you’re running a Windows XP SP3 machine, you first enter the Settings entry on the CP menu.
  2. Click the Uninstall a program in Programs; or the Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Find Adobe Reader X (10.1.3) on the “Uninstall or change a program”/”Currently Installed Programs” list, you can run it directly or you right-click on it, launch the Uninstall option for it to uninstall Adobe Reader 10. See more details about the PDF application from Adobe.
    • Size: 116 MB
    • Product version: 10.1.3
    • Help link: http://www[dot]adobe[dot]com/support/main.html

  4. Select the Yes option from Programs and Features to automatically and safely uninstall Adobe Reader 10 program, warning “Are you sure you want to uninstall Adobe Reader X (10.1.3)?”
  5. Wait. Then you may need to click the Yes button on the following UAC window on the screen. See the detailed information below.
    • Program name: Adobe Reader X
    • Verified publisher: Adobe System, Incorporated

  6. Just be patient; then you save and restart your device.
  7. For the associated leftover files and registry keys, please refer to the below video guide to thoroughly remove them to completely uninstall Adobe Reader 10, and for more Windows novices, please download this Auto Uninstaller to help you effectively find and clean them.

Note For some advanced Windows users, you can try the below method (making use of GUID) to uninstall Adobe Reader 10:

  1. Press [Windows] key + [R] key, type regedit in Run, telling “Type the name of a program, folder, document, or Internet resource, and Windows will open it for you.”.
  2. For Windows 7 or Windows Vista users, you may then need to click Yes button on User Account Control.
  3. Locate the below entry for AR 10 application, [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AA1000000001}]; press [U] key to fast locate and open the Uninstallstring in it; copy the below uninstallation information saved in that REG_EXPAND_SZ key, [MsiExec.exe /I{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AA1000000001}]. Click OK / Cancel on the Edit String window to exit it properly.
  4. Click [Windows] key + [R] key, input [cmd] in it; type the following Windows prompt line, [cd c:\windows\system32\], press Enter key.
  5. Launch the Paste option in Edit menu to paste the above uninstallation message about AR 10. Press Enter.
  6. Wait seconds for the following Adobe Reader X (10.1.3) Setup to appear; then you select the “Remove Adobe Reader X (10.1.3) from your computer.” option from the Adobe Reader X (10.1.3) Maintenance wizard, click Next > button on it. Then you follow the automatic wizards arranged by Adobe Reader X (10.1.3) Setup to complete the express uninstallation process of it. Save and reboot your Windows.

Need Some Uninstall Help or Tips to Remove AR Version 9 (Full Version) from Your Windows 7 Device?

Well, some of you just could not uninstall Adobe Reader 9 while you were reading some .PDF file via running the PDF reader. I’ve reviewed the typical uninstall error in YouTube video, which would also guide you correctly uninstall Adobe Reader 9 from your computer. Enjoy:

How Can I Guide You Correctly Uninstall Adobe Reader 9 from Your Computer?

1. First, you need to log on your computer as system Administrator, save and then close Windows applications you were running, like Internet Explorer, and/or those “*.PDF” file types you are reading or editing.

2. You can follow this intuitive way to uninstall Adobe Reader 9: right click on the shortcut icon, named Adobe Reader 9, then enter Adobe Reader 9 Properties entry at the bottom of that menu; then you will see Shortcut tab on Adobe Reader 9 Properties window, go on click on Find Target… tab, click on OK or Cancel button to exit Adobe Reader 9 Properties window; then you will enter the following Reader 9.0 folder, please click on Up button on menu bar:

3. Then you will see Setup Files folder.

4. Enter the Setup Files folder, you then go on clicking the {AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A94000000001} folder; press the S key to quickly locate and launch Setup.exe.

Setup.exe File Info Review

  • Type of file: Application
  • Description (#1): Adobe Bootstrapper for Single Installation
  • Location: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Setup Files\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A94000000001}
  • Size: 337 KB (345,520 bytes)
  • Size on disk: 340 KB (348,160 bytes)
  • File version:
  • Copyright: Copyright © 2008 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.
  • Company: Adobe Systems Incorporated
  • Inter Name: Setup.exe
  • Language: English (United States)
  • Original File name: Setup.exe
  • Product Name: Bootstrapper Small
  • Product Version:
  • Digital Signatures: (Read the my screenshot below)

5. Running the Setup.exe application, you will meet Adobe Reader 9.4.7 – Setup window, informing you the following details:

  • Title: Welcome to Setup for Adobe Reader 9.4.7
  • Info: Setup will allow you to repair or remove Adobe Reader 9.4.7. To continue, click Next.

6. Go on click on the Next > button, then you will come to the Program Maintenance section, please tick Remove option to uninstall Adobe Reader 9. Read more details below.

  • Title: Program Maintenance
  • Subtitle: Repair or remove the program.
  • (Option #1)Repair: Repair installation errors in the program. This option fixes missing or corrupt files, shortcuts, and registry entries.
  • (Option #2) Remove: Remove Adobe Reader 9.4.7 from your computer.

7. Please go on click on the Next > button on it, then you will come to the final wizard that will automatically uninstall Adobe Reader 9, informing you that:

  • Title: Remove the program
  • Info: “You have chosen to remove the program from your system.”
  • Details: “Click Remove to remove Adobe Reader 9.4.7 from your computer. After removal, this program will no longer be available for use. If you want to review or change any settings, click Back.”
  • Copyright by: Adobe

8. Ensuring that you’ve saved and closed your important files and/or webpages, then you can click Remove button.

Note: For common Windows users, you could also visit Windows Add or Remove Programs link in Control Panel / Programs and Features to uninstall Adobe Reader 9.

9. After that, you will read the following information:

  • Title: Uninstalling Adobe Reader 9.4.7
  • Info: “The program features you selected are being uninstalled.”
  • Details: Please wait while setup uninstalls Adobe Reader 9.4.7. This may take several minutes.
  • Status: Validating install/…

10. You then need to click Finish button on Setup Completed, detailing you “Setup has successfully uninstalled Adobe Reader 9.4.7. Click Finish to exit setup.”:

11. Then you can save your files and reboot your machine – you might be able to manually search out, then clean off those unused leftover files and registry entries left in your system to completely uninstall Adobe Reader 9. Review the video guide for more help if you need.

Adobe Reader 9.4.7 File Leftovers Review

  • Acrobat, a file folder located in C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Adobe, containing a file folder named JavaScripts (4.00 KB (4,096 bytes)), AdobeCMapFnt09.lst (LST File, 979 bytes (979 bytes), located in C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Adobe\Acrobat\9.0), SharedDataEvents, and UserCache.bin (BIN File, 12.5 KB (12,809 bytes))
  • An empty file folder named 9.4, located in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Reader
  • AdobeSysFnt09.lst, 14.4 KB (14,806 bytes), C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Adobe\Acrobat\9.0

Adobe Reader 9.4.7 Registry Entries Left Review

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Search Assistant\ACMru\5603, 001 and 002, REG_SZ file type; value data, Adobe Reader (9)

Related Uninstall Error Review

NOTE: This is just a TEST only to guide you correctly remove or uninstall Adobe Reader 9.

1. I was reading a .pdf file, named “The Economy of Rogueware”, from Panda Security.

2. Then I was trying to uninstall Adobe Reader 9 from my Windows XP 3 operating System, then I click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.

3. Locate Adobe Reader 9.4.7 item listed in Windows Currently installed programs, I clicked the Remove button behind it:

4. Then I met a message from Windows Add or Remove Programs, warning me that "Are you sure you want to remove Adobe Reader 9.4.7 from your computer?":

5. I went on click the Yes button on that window, then the Adobe Reader 9.4.7 window surfaced, telling me that "The following applications are using files that need to be updated by this step. Close these applications and click Retry to continue.".

6. But it was just not working, no matter I clicked the Retry button nor the Ignore button on it. Last I clicked Cancel button, then I got a box saying that "A process is running that cannot be shut down by Setup. Please either close all applications and run Setup again, or restart your computer and run Setup again.". Then I clicked on OK button on that Adobe Reader 9.4.7 window

7. Finally, I got the following Add or Remove Programs error message, warning me that "Fatal error during installation.":

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