Uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud Windows & Mac

Uninstalling Adobe Creative Cloud, or uninstalling (an) Adobe Creative Cloud app(s), that’s the question!

Oh, you too have additional questions? For instance, how should you deal with Adobe Application Manager, if you are one of ACC members?

If you are not a Creative Cloud Member, and were (still) advised to download Adobe Application Manager, please use the following links to download the latest version. …

Then, this update at iWinPage covers the following projects:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud 101: What’s it really? Is there any difference between the Windows version and Creative Cloud for Mac? What are they, then?
  • Insights into uninstalling Adobe Creative Cloud for Windows & Mac
  • Troubleshooting tips for un-installing the aforementioned Adobe Application Manager, and reinstallation related issues.

What is Adobe Creative Cloud?

ACC is an internet connection based app downloader & manager that helps a designer and other users get started with the dozens of creative apps and associated services from the Adobe Systems Incorporated:

(Adobe) Creative Cloud gives you our entire collection of creative tools for your desktop, like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Adobe Premiere Pro…

Then, when it comes to uninstalling Adobe Creative Cloud, and/or erasing any other undesired/ problematic installations on your computer, it is really important to review & understand TWO things: "what’s already happened when you performed the express install of ACC running the Creative Cloud Set-Up.exe (.dmg)?" and "what’s happening to your operating system?". However, to fully undo the changes made by ACC, and to truly (re)optimize your computer performance, we highly suggest that you go one step further: get rid of all the other pre-installed components that comes along with Adobe Creative Cloud for Windows. That’s to say, for Windows users, you had better delete the following “MS Visual C++ Redistributable Packages” from your programs list so you can completely uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud, according to our latest test. They are:

How to Uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud?

Uninstall the Windows version of Adobe Creative Cloud:

To successfully uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud, we kindly encourage you to do the following – Mac users? Scroll for instructions:

  1. Cancel the download or install of application from Adobe company: locate the app, e.g., the Photoshop CC (2015), (Adobe Photoshop) Lightroom CC, etc.) you’re downloading or installing, hit the Close icon behind it.
  2. Exit ACC agent completely:
  3. a) you first hit the Gear icon on the upper right of yr own Creative Cloud client, you launch the option "Quit" on the menu, and then you launch the "Quit" option from the following Creative Cloud alert.

    b) Run Windows Task Manager to terminate all Adobe related processes, as they just continue to run in the background. They are: Adobe Installer (32 bit), Adobe IPC Broker (32 bit), Adobe Update Service (32 bit), AGS (aka, Adobe Global Services) Service (32 bit), CCLibraries (32 bit), CCXProcess (32 bit), two Core Sync (32 bit), two "Node.js: Server-side JavaScript (32 bit)". Thank you for helping correct or update this section.

  4. Make yourself the Administrator.

Windows’ Control Panel is a traditional way to perform the express un-install of Adobe Creative Cloud. To so do, follow the given detailed sections below:

Read this portion if you’re a Windows 10 user:

  • Press the white Start icon in the taskbar.
  • Select All apps.
  • Check out the Group A on the list.
  • Right click the following Adobe Creative Cloud entry, choose the option "Uninstall" from the right-click mouse operations.
  • Then you can directly press the Enter key to launch the standard uninstall routine or, you can also launch the option "Uninstall/Change" in the program settings.
  • Hit the Uninstall button on the untitled alert below, informing "Are you sure you want to uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud desktop?".
  • Please wait while your system is performing your ACC removal request.
  • Hit the Close button when you see the following "Uninstall Successful" info box.

If you’re wanting to uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud on a Windows 8 computer, it will very likely take much less time to get work done. Below are the main projects that come with the install of ACC:

  • "Visual C++ Redistribuable 10.0.40219"
  • "Redistribuable x86 9.0.30729.17"
  • "C++ 2005 Redistribuable"
  • "C++ Redistribuable 2013 – 12.0.30501"
  • "C++ 2012 Redistribuable – 11.0.61030"

Your Windows 7 system will only provides limited options to uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud in the system.

Attn: Windows XP SP3 users

All 2015 Creative Cloud desktop apps have a minimum operating system requirement of … Windows 7, or later

Test too proves Adobe’s "Creative Cloud desktop app issues" page does not help address "Adobe Installer Error code: 201".

We successfully installed Adobe Application Manager 9.0, but we just cannot un-install it using the classic uninstall method. Because AAM did not register its name on the "Add or Remove Programs" list. Learn more.

Uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud from your Mac

  • Get prepared to get job done effectively:
  • a) cancel download/ installation; sign out your Adobe account.

    b) Run Activity Monitor and end said processes: Core Sync, XXCProcess, CCLibrary, AdobeIPCBroker, AdobeCRDaemon and Adobe Desktop Service. To do so, locate said item, hit Cross icon and then launch Quit or "Force Quit". Please feel free to help edit this part of "Adobe Creative Cloud for Mac Uninstall Guide", just by the way.

  • Now, you can hit the Applications entry on the right pane.
  • Check out your own Applications folder then, right click on the Adobe Creative Cloud app, launch "Move to Trash".
  • Enter the Mac password you set.
  • Shut down the Applications folder. Check out the Trash application and make sure you’ve uninstalled the main app from your Mac. Then you manually empty the half-gone Adobe Creative Cloud in Trash.
  • Personally, current build of ACC for Mac makes digital life harder for people with skills shortage. That means we can really predict that lots of potentially unused Adobe apps would be left in your OS X Yosemite, such as AAM Registration Notifier, AAM Updates Notifier, and AMMLauncherUtility and many more. ‘Worse’ still, running the Adobe Application Manager for Mac will immediately trigger the launch of Creative Cloud agent.
  • At this point in time, please try your best to detect & trash ’em, so you can fully uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud on Mac.
  • The following download is a must-have app manager for Mac users that speeds up and simplifies the app removal process while boosting productivity.


Adobe Application Manager vs. Adobe Creative Cloud – Which One is Better?

What does Adobe Application Manager do? Do you need it really?

Adobe Application Manager (AAM) is core application for all Adobe Creative Suite Products and is required for download, deployment, provisioning and updater functionality.

It is normal that AAM installs together with the Adobe software. It will show you available updates etc.

(AAM will) automatically search for available updates in the background.

It’s still ONLY sort of good, though, because it is quite confusing and prevent a computer user from uninstalling itself and/or some undesired component easily. In some way or another, Adobe Application Manager could easily become another un-uninstallable piece of item once it is installed: It will never show up in your "Uninstall or change a program" or, "Add/Remove" list.

Moreover, we did the following test:

  1. We first installed AAM without other Adobe apps running the official standalone installer ApplicationManager9.0_all.exe. We would like share the following screen shots.
  2. (It created a file folder on the desktop; a file shortcut named Adobe Extractor was embedded into taskbar.)

    (It too produced a folder in Common Files. That’s being said, the main app ( * named PDapp) can be located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp\core)

  3. It will take few minutes for the user to get the latest copy of Adobe Creative Cloud installed.
  4. Soon said AAM was replaced (uninstalled) by the newly installed Adobe Creative Cloud. The automatic update of AAM makes installing anything from the mentioned "Visual C++" items, to the main application Adobe Creative Cloud, easy, yet bit time-consuming.
  5. Un-installing Adobe Creative Cloud using "Creative Cloud Uninstaller" is not a problem at all:
    • Run the Uninstaller as the Admin user.
    • Choose d option "Yes" from the User Account Control info box below.
    • Now, hit the "Uninstall" button on the following unnamed pop-up.
    • Wait while the Uninstaller helps un-install.
    • Quit said box when you’re told of the complete uninstall of ACC.
  6. But, if you too worry that those possibly unwanted Visuals would slow down your computer, or mess up your programs list. Personally, you had better clean ’em away manually, at a later date. And, this is the problem you have to face.
  7. We also know that there are more than 1 reason why you should Creative Could Uninstaller.dmg for ACC for Mac removal. In order to force the majority of Adobe Creative Could to go, you read the following steps:
    • Double click on the .DMG file you download.
    • Enter your Mac passcode correctly, then you press the OK button.
    • Then, you simply press the white Uninstall button on the mentioned box.
    • Just wait…
    • Press the blue Close button.
    • Search and delete remains that match Adobe.

Update! Suggestions from iWinPage Readers

If you are si*k of this problem and just want to fix it in 5 minutes go here: /Applications/Utilities/Adobe Creative Cloud on mac and change the names of the files that are creating the runaway processes. Your computer will get upset about changing the names of the files while they are running but it didn’t cause me any problems since I want them deleted anyway. Just change the names to whatever and now, when you force quit the prcoess [process] and it automatically tries to restart, it won’t be able to find the file because its looking for the old file.

Now you can uninstall or delete it permanently and give the f*nger to adobe.

— Andrew@ c***r#uwalumni.com ( Thanks a lot for your comment!🙂 )

And, if you just do not like ACC’s notifications, or you just want to use some old version of it, you can learn how to customize the Creative Cloud:

  • Run yr own ACC.
  • Hit d gear icon at the top right hand corner of ACC, choose the Preferences in it.
  • Look into the following SETTINGS section, then you can also easily prevent ACC from running with your operating system, as well.
  • Furthermore, you configure the settings of NOTIFICATIONS later: hit the Creative Cloud tab, you’ll be good to go.

Last but not least, with today’s advanced cyber threats, from risky pop-ups to adware/malware infections, designed to slip past traditional edge lines of defense, fully relying on perimeter security programs alone will not definitely suffice, as there are many more bad guys that can circumvent or bypass your current perimeter "firewall(s)". In the meantime, the good news is that, you can always do a lot more, e.g., always perform the proactive security measures, to protect your valuable assets and personal data from cyber bad apples.

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