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What is pdfshell.dll?

Part of Adobe PDF Shell Extension by Adobe Systems

What is it?

Adobe PDF Shell Extension for Adobe Acrobat Reader is a shell extension that is executed by Windows Explorer to retrieve metadata about the selected PDF file. The Adobe shell extension adds this extra data so that users can see details about a file at a glance in Windows Explorer. Details include Title, Author, Subject, Size and thumbnail image; details that typically occur in tooltips.
Description of pdfshell.dll from Adobe Systems
When you install Acrobat or Adobe Reader on a system with a browser, you automatically configure the browser to open PDF files within the browser window. Acrobat and Adobe Reader install ActiveX plug-in files that allow you to use Internet Explorer or AOL to open PDF files. To open PDF files in a browser window, the ActiveX folder must contain the following files: Acropdf.dll; Acroiehelper.dll; Gbdetect.dll; and Pdfshell.dll.
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How is pdfshell.dll loaded?

Process Module - pdfshell.dll is loaded as a DLL (dynamic link library) module within the process Explorer.EXE (Windows Explorer by Microsoft Corporation) via run-time dynamic linking.
Adobe PDF Shell Extension is loaded by:

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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.5% of all Boost users have the pdfshell.dll file.Of the 0.5% of pdfshell.dll users, 11.1% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\pdfshell.dll

Are there other versions of Adobe PDF Shell Extension?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)

About Adobe Systems, Inc.

Adobe Systems Incorporated is a diversified software company. The Company offers a line of business and mobile software and services used by professionals, desi More...
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File details

File name: pdfshell.dll
Publisher: Adobe Systems, Inc. (verified)
Name: Adobe PDF Shell Extension
Description: PDF Shell Extension
Version: 9.5.5.316
Size: 371.57 KB
Original file name: PDFShell.dll

Digital certificate

Issued to: Adobe Systems
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 9/27/2009
Expiration date: 11/4/2012

Image hashes

MD5: 944a7a08b0ff1e2720470c5a1cd10a69
SHA-1: 150bbec0aca81ef86184042db9d276c5a90f4c97

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++ 9.0
File entropy: 5.27289
File packed: No
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