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What’s MicrosoftPdfReader.exe (Microsoft PDF Reader Component)? Is it safe or a virus?

MicrosoftPdfReader.exe allows users to open and view PDF documents in Windows, using Edge. It provides basic PDF features such as zooming, page navigation, and text search.

Edge has been able to open and work on PDF files for a while, and it's great to have a free useful way to deal with PDF issues, without having to spend money.

Apple has made it possible to deal with PDF file for free for awhile. I thought maybe this .exe would be a dedicated PDF reader Microsoft has made, but for now it looks like it's just a component of Microsoft's Edge browser.

Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs

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Who makes MicrosoftPdfReader.exe (Microsoft PDF Reader Component)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of MicrosoftPdfReader.exe.

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Last updated: February 28, 2024

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