Uninstall Adobe Application Manager on Windows, Mac

Adobe Application Manager (AAM) vs. Adobe Creative Cloud (ACC)? You may say that comparing those 2 items doesn’t make any sense at all. But I am seriously considering an unusual method: update AAM itself so that I can uninstall Adobe Application Manager, without using any other third party uninstallers. And, for you, software-wise, it wouldn’t be a huge transition. Then, who do you think will won this round, or receive fewer complaints?

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To get start, please make sure none is restricting your internet connection, and you’ve backed up your custom plug-in(s), profiles and/or other personal data you have created.

What to try if you can’t uninstall Adobe Application Manager on Windows?

Now, you may check out the video guide below, all the job was done manually. Even if you don’t bother with troublesome troubles, an uninstall tool PRO is much better at handling with your undesired program than Windows itself. If you are on mac, check out this top-rated option on the web instead. Tests also show that they can fix some other issues re adware, PUAs better. And, our recommendations have very few alternatives.

In order to make the best of AAM or other apps/products from Adobe, you may need to travel back, on the very troublemaker that brought you here, and to understand more, like say, the root cause or Root Cause Analysis (RCA), you may also need to learn how to customize the installation of your Adobe software afterwards.

Uninstall Adobe Application Manager for your Windows this way:

1. Log on to your system as the admin user.

2. Check if the AAM is saved on your desktop. Then, right click on the shortcut file, launch the "Run as administrator" option on the menu.

3. However, if the above option does not work for you, try the below options:

For Windows 10, 8.1/8 readers:

a) right click on the taskbar at the bottom of your display -> choose Task Manager -> take a close look at the Startup menu -> once you find the following Adobe Updater Startup Utility, you right click on that item > choose the option "Open file location".

b) And once the following UWA folder is opened, enter (I mean go back to ) the following core, which is the parent directory.

For Windows 7/Vista (?) readers:

a) Press the Windows key (on your keyboard) and the R key at the same time.

b) Input MSCONFIG, hit the OK button or, press Enter.

(Editor’s note: MSCONFIG is officially known as System Configuration in a Windows-based computer; MS, here, stands for Microsoft.)

c) Look closely at the target item, expand the Command section and pay a visit to the source (file location).

4. I suppose you have located the exactly same file folder, you right click on the following PDapp.exe, launch "Run as administrator".

5. I’d imagine you’re now facing the below UAC window: simply press the Yes button on that info box.

6. From now on, you may have to be patient until the update procedure for the previous AMM is completed automatically.

(Note: Your desktop could go black temporarily, which is a matter that is quite immaterial.)

7. Finally, welcome to (Adobe) Creative Cloud:

(With CC, you can) Download apps, share files, find fonts and stock images, and more…

8. Go to "Show hidden icons" area in the taskbar, exit the running CC client.

9. Re-run Task Manager, check out the Processes tab. Manually terminate the following Adobe-related items if you too find ’em later. They are "AAM Helper (32-bit)", Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service (32-bit), Adobe IPC Blocker, Adobe Update Service, CCLibraries, (Adobe) CCXProcess, (Adobe) Core Sync, and (Adobe) Creative Cloud.

10. I just hope the common uninstall method helps you out, later:

  • Start -> Control Panel; or enter Control in the search box, choose Control Panel.
  • Click on the Uninstall a program.
  • Locate the newly installed ACC, launch the Uninstall/Change option on the programs list.
  • Press the Uninstall button on the following untitled warning message.
  • Please wait a bit while your OS helps un-install the "ACC desktop".
  • Close the below "Uninstall Successful" info box.

Another request: uninstall the Macintosh version of AAM

Uninstalling an unwanted app for Mac is NOT always straightforward – cleaning out an app on OS X could be frequently more involved than doing so on your Windows. And, if you are still reading this know-how, chances are you’re having trouble ridding of the said AAM app for Mac. To get the work done, follow the following step-by-step directions: hit your desktop > enter the Go folder – you do not have to bother with Finder always > head to the Applications folder > move the below AAM icon to Trash > open up the Utilities folder > try trashing AAM folder directly.

Enter your Mac password correctly.

I also wonder if you’re familiar with making proper modifications to the Library folder. Yeap?! Then, you head over to the below folders: Application Support, Preferences, etc. > clean out associated remains manually.

In future, I kindly suggest you give our recommendation (as attached below) a try, as the versatility of the app remover just makes it the best choice for you while still having the advanced functionality that professionals require as well.


Is There Any Way Out? Plan C?

Error (e.g., 1002, A12E1, 201, etc.) when (re)installing the software? I picked up the CC Cleaner Tool, AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.exe (sha256, 89abd9aeed73143f4f7869dc71b78b794ce75dd9223e00406e514a881e743926), to test and compare to our uninstallers above. Some may laugh, it may be a silly suggestion at all! Well, I keep meaning to give it a try, let’s see what the result will be:

(from: Adobe Support Centre)

  • Hit here to get the direct download of (Adobe) CC Cleaner Tool for Windows.
  • Run that official solution by using the local Administrator account.
  • Apply the Yes option to the below UAC alert.
  • Choose a language that works for you. I just input e in my case, then I press Enter.
  • Now, I hit the Y key to proceed with the uninstall process.
  • Press the 6 key that corresponds to the (Adobe) CC. Hit Enter, then.
  • To clean all of Adobe-related stuff, enter 1 (number One) and press Enter.
  • Now, type Y then Enter.
  • Shut down the EXE when it finishes its job.

Okay… One of the downsides, compared to the aforesaid uninstaller for Windows, I discovered, using the EXE is time-consuming. The other (bigger) downside is using, say, that EXE does require some computer skills. Also, not entirely sure that CMD style tool could be useful for what you will/are try(ing) to do. Somehow, erasing an app like that could be – I assume – a huge barrier to entry. I might be of the few, but, if I had a choice I would choose to reinstall my operating system.

Annoyed by AAM/ACC? Alternative(s) to Those 2 Apps?

Personally, ACC has moved to an agile release cycle, and as a result you can now expect more upgrades, with more features and enhancements, and on a more regular basis. One more thing… please consider customizing the app for working with the new version (v3.8.0.310) in order to get a better software experience of what it should be used for:

  • Sign in with your own Adobe ID.
  • Hit the gear icon, enter the Preferences… tab
  • UNCHECK the box in the front of "Launch at login"; consider unselecting "Show notifications" and/or "Always keep Creative Cloud desktop up to date (Requires Admin Priviledges)".
  • In addition too you may free up your system disk by changing the default installation of your downloaded apps. To do so, head to the Apps section under the CC tab below. You can also prevent ACC from showing "OS Notifications".
  • You can DIY your CC agent whatever you please, e.g., turning off Sync, decreasing the transfer speed to save your own bandwidth, etc.

Now you: Uninstall Adobe Application Manager, or update it to the latest ACC?

Additional information on the web:

Last but NOT least:

If you uninstall all Adobe products then the AAM will be uninstalled.

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