• FNPLicensingService.exe : What is it and can I delete it?

    If you have recently installed Adobe Acrobat 8, you may have noticed that it launches a process called FNPLicensingService.exe every time you start up your PC. This program is a necessary licensing utility that Adobe uses for the Acrobat software.


    People have tried many different methods to disable the FNPLicensingService, however, Acrobat WILL NOT RUN without this service.

    • If you disable the service by using the Services Control Panel (services.msc) or msconfig, Adobe Acrobat will simply re-enable it without asking.
    • If you attempt to rename the files or folders, the Adobe Acrobat software will just create a new folder with the necessary files.

    Our Advice

    Set the FNPLicensingService.exe to run on Manual. The program uses up a few megabytes of memory while Acrobat is running - however, once you close Acrobat, the active process should release from memory. And by setting it to Manual, it won't run on startup. Here's how:

    • Click on Start, Run, then type services.msc and press Enter.
    • In the list, find the option for FLEXnet Licensing Service and double-click on it
    • Click the Stop button to Stop the service.
    • Change the Startup Type option to Manual.
    • Click OK.

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