I recently installed Adobe CS 5.5 on a Windows computer, and it left a pile of annoyances. Most of them were easily removed by unregistering the DLL, but one I had to muck with the registry to remove. Most involve sticking junk in the context menu because there is that one user who loves zillions of tools (junk) in their context menu. Not me. Not most any power user I know of.
Adobe Acrobat inserts itself in everything. I only need to “print” to a PDF and nothing more. This removes it from Microsoft Office,
regsvr32.exe /u "C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAcrobat 10.0PDFMakerOfficePDFMOfficeAddin.dll"
regsvr32.exe /u "C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAcrobat 10.0Acrobat ElementsContextMenu.dll"
regsvr32.exe /u "C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAcrobat 10.0Acrobat ElementsContextMenu64.dll"
Adobe Contribute CS 5.5 inserts itself into Office as well. It adds itself into all your browsers except Chrome, thank goodness. This junk uses memory and slows down your browser.
regsvr32.exe /u "C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAdobe Contribute CS5.1PluginsFirefoxPluginnpContribute.dll"
regsvr32.exe /u "C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAdobe Contribute CS5.1AppSupportFilesFirefoxExtensionnpContribute.dll"
regsvr32.exe /u "C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAdobe Contribute CS5.1PluginsIEPlugincontributeieplugin.dll"
regsvr32.exe /u "C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAdobe Contribute CS5.1PluginsOfficePluginen_USResourcesOfficePluginRes.dll"
regsvr32 /u "C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAdobe Contribute CS5.1PluginsOfficePluginOfficePlugin.dll"
Adobe Bridge CS 5.5 has several annoying context menu takeovers. The DLL it uses has other functions and cannot be unregistered without breaking Adobe Bridge CS 5.5. You remove this entry from the Windows registry. If you don’t know what you are doing don’t mess with the registry. Use something like ShellExView which is a Shell Extensions Manager, to fix this. It is pretty easy to use and powerful; so use with caution.
Enjoy your restored context menu. I wish Adobe would give the user the option to remove these within each program. People have complained about this for years and Adobe has never listened.