No responses on this question... have I included all information necessary? Does Adobe watch the forums? I can't believe I'm the only one to come across this problem...!
I too have been having some serious ongoing issues similar to this. Closing Adobe routinely causes serious lagging and freezing issues, and adobe.exe does remain in the active processes for quite a while after closing the program. I have uninstalled and reinstalled multiple times, so it is not a corrupted file. I have noticed, too, that the problem seems to be more serious when opening a pdf in Internet Explorer versus opening direct in the progam.
Ah, I'm not the only one! Good to know... (I guess...).
I don't use Explorer, but rather Firefox. However, I ALSO see the problem there. Closing a tab that had been viewing a PDF file causes a similar long period of drive activity and Firefox doesn't respond to input. I think the file I see hogging resources is container.exe or something like that. I haven't seen it in a while, so I might not have it right... however, it's not acrobat.exe when the web browser is having the problem. I suspect Firefox is running acrobat.exe in within that 'container' for security reasons?
The 'repair installation' function didn't help. Really don't know what else to try... but saw a thread about plug-ins sometimes causing issues. I wonder how to test that?
Interesting that you mentioned a program possibly called container. Per forum post http://forums.adobe.com/thread/835795?tstart=30 there is a file called container90. However, I cannot locate it within the parameters specified. Maybe that will help you; since I can't find it, it did not help me. Plugins...I do not have a clue about...do not use them.
That link talks about a file called 'organizer90'. Close, but no cigar!
It does mention plug-ins though. Perhaps I should chase that idea next.
I was kinda hoping Adobe might read this post and offer a solution if nothing came from the community...
I have the same problem of HDD activity after closing any pdf file, whatever the file size.
I'm done with adobe acrobat..
This is not only the problem.. I installed the Acrobat 10 and I found that I cannot modify the toolbar by drag and drop and I cannot add the (properties) bar to the main toolbar (or even the buttons of the properties bar), So the properties bar still floating and when i resize the acrobat window or dock the window to the left or to the righ i have to move the properties bar over the screen...
In Pro9 the properties bar can be a part of the main toolbar, BUT sometimes the properties bar goes disabled and I have to close the Acrobar and reopen it to return the propeties bar enabled again. So, it seems to me adobe acrobat solved the problem in Pro10 by not allowing adding the properties bar to the the main toolbar...
Recently I solved the annoying options dialog box by renaming some plugin files!!
Why the Adobe Acrobat takes 2G of HDD space!!!..
Now I moved to Nitro PDF Professional software and it has all the Acrobat features of editing, viewing, drawing...etc and it takes less than 100M of my HDD...and this what Corel PDF Fusion do as well. The Corel PDF Fusion has the highlight text, editing text and page actions..etc but it doesn't have the drawing feature yet, maybe because it is v1.0 in 2011
tens of new PDF sofware in the market... Wake Up acrobat team...