The Adobe Reader and Acrobat Cleaner Tool removes a standalone installation of Reader or Acrobat


The AcroCleaner is not an uninstaller and should NOT be used as such. Adobe provides the utility as a least resort to repair machines after a failed or partial uninstall. Always uninstall DC products via standard, supported methods.

The Adobe Reader and Acrobat Cleaner Tool removes a standalone installation of Reader or Acrobat, including any leftover preferences and settings remaining after a standard program uninstall.

While most installs, uninstalls, and updates operations happen without incident, there are cases where a user may not be able to complete such tasks due to some registry or file conflict on the machine. This is particularly problematic when permissions set on plist entries or files prevent the successful installation of new installs and/or updates. The cleaner tool fixes such issues by cleaning up corrupted installations, removing or fixing corrupted files, removing or changing permissions registry entries, etc.

Note the following:

The tool provides options for removing problematic Acrobat items only while leaving Reader untouched and vice versa.

The tool cannot be used with any Creative Cloud products or Acrobat delivered with CS products. It can only be used for standalone versions of Acrobat and Reader.

In some scenarios, the cleaner tool for Windows might affect some preferences common between Acrobat and Reader. Therefore, when both Acrobat and Reader products are installed on machine, Adobe recommends the remaining installed product be repaired after running the cleaner Tool.

  • Feb 9, 2021: 64-bit installer, all tracksNOTE: Because Acrobat and Reader are delivered via a single installer for the 64-bit release, the Cleaner user interface only shows the ‘Acrobat’ string even when being used with Reader.

User interface usage
Verify you have run the product uninstaller. The Cleaner tool is NOT an uninstaller.

Double click the cleaner exe file.

Verify you want to continue, and choose Next.

Accept the EULA and choose Next.

Choose the standalone product to clean and choose Next.

If more than one product is detected, choose which product to remove and whether or not to remove any files that may be shared between Adobe Reader and Acrobat.

Choose Clean Now. Cleanup begins.

When finished, restart the machine.

Reference Article: AcroCleaner — Acrobat DC Tools and Utilities (

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