How to Disable AdobeARM.exe

When you install a program or software suite on your computer, many tools and clients are often installed as part of the package. These can include tools that run in the background on your desktop or automated update clients that run at set times. If you have Adobe Reader -- Adobe's PDF reading software -- installed on your machine, you also have AdobeARM.exe installed. AdobeARM.exe is an automatic update tool that scans the Internet for the latest Adobe software updates. If you want to disable this tool, you can do so using the System Configuration menu.

man in cafe
credit: noblige/iStock/Getty Images

Step

Click on the "Start" button.

Step

Click "Run."

Step

Type "msconfig" in the Run box.

Step

Click on the tab marked "Startup" in the window that appears.

Step

Uncheck the box next to the "Adobe Reader" entry with the file name that ends in "adobeARM.exe."

Step

Click "Apply" to disable AdobeARM.exe the next time your computer starts up.

Step

Reboot your machine.