Whilst Adobe are not forthcoming about the purpose of this app, Adobe Reader Manager appears to be a update/download manager for adobe reader 9.2 and launches at windows startup via the following registry entry:

"Adobe ARM"="\"C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\ARM\\1.0\\AdobeARM.exe\""

To prevent it from starting at windows startup you can safely delete this entry from the registry.

Contrary to what some posts suggest relative to “disabling automatic updates in the enterprise environment by creating bUpdater DWORD and setting value to 0 under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown” this just prevents Help, Check for Updates.. menu option from appearing.

Adobe forum post …

Useful blog post and comments …


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