38 Replies Latest reply on Nov 29, 2017 4:35 AM by ashumittal

    Blank PDF then hang on exit


      HI All,


      We have approx 1200 PC's that we look after. Version 18.009.20044 is rolling out and we are receiving calls from everywhere with the same issue

      Open a PDF and it is blank. Close Adobe and then Adobe will no longer open PDF's.

      At this stage Adobe will be running as a background process not a foreground one. It it will just create another background task for every PDF the user clicks on. But Adobe DC itself will no longer open

      CTL-ALT-DEL and close the copies of Adobe running as a background task and then you can open the Adobe app again. But if you open the same PDF the same thing will happen.

      We cannot find any similarity between the docs causing this issue

      The only similarity is Adobe version 18.009.20044. This is happening on Windows 10 1703, 1706 and 1709, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, Server 2012 R2 and Windows 7 Sp1.


      We roll back to the previous version and the next time the user opens Adobe it updates again

      If we turn off Auto updating for adobe 1200 PC's besides taking three years it means they are open for every future hack of Adobe


      So can someone please let us know when this issue is going to get fixed





        • 1. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
          AnandSri Adobe Employee (Admin)

          Hello Matthew,


          We apologize for the inconvinience caused, as per the description above, you are getting a blank/white PDF when you launch the Adobe Reader version 18.009.20044, Is that correct?


          Please try the below-mentioned step and check if it brings any changes:

          • Open Reader and Navigate to Edit>Preferences>General and uncheck
            • Show online storage when opening files.
            • Show online storage when saving files.
            • Close Reader, restart the machine and check.

          If the issue persists, please repair the installation files of Reader from Help>Repair installation.


          Is it happening  with all the PDF files, or with one PDF file? Is it possible to share a sample PDF file with us which you are trying to open and getting blank PDF so that we can review at our end?

          I have shared the steps to share the PDF file via private message, please check your email inbox.


          Hope this helps, and let us know how it goes.



          Anand Sri.

          • 2. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit


            I have the same issue regariding open only SEPA Bank Transfer confirmation in PDF. Previous versions of Reader DC were opening this files correctly. Please Help. When I start open PDF file it comes blank and cannot open Reader DC Again. Only stop aplication in Task Manager helps, but still open blank page.

            • 3. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
              AnandSri Adobe Employee (Admin)

              Hello Pryhu,


              Please try the steps mentioned in above reply, and let us know how it goes.



              Anand Sri.

              • 4. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                pryhu Level 1

                Still have problems.

                Both unchecked, restart and repair didn't help.

                What is more in other PDF readers programs like FF or Edge Plugin the PDF shows normally...

                • 5. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                  pryhu Level 1

                  Can I send somehow by secure direct way a file to check or several files including such issue??

                  • 6. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                    AnandSri Adobe Employee (Admin)

                    I have sent you a private message, please check your email inbox.



                    Anand Sri.

                    • 7. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                      pryhu Level 1

                      I have send an email for email address given in private message.

                      I will wait for conclusions.

                      • 8. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                        AnandSri Adobe Employee (Admin)

                        Thank you for the email. Let me review and try to replicate the issue at our end, and will get back to you with the solution.


                        Anand Sri.

                        • 9. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                          Base2_Support Level 1

                          We are having an identical issue on a number of Workstations. Adobe build is 18.009.20044.

                          We have tried a repair within the software, complete reinstall, registry check for "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\acrobat\shell\open\ddeexec\application" and also manually closing the processes, but it is still happening again next time you are trying to open Adobe.

                          Did anyone find a solution?

                          • 10. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit



                            We have this problem as well, I have traced it down to a early version of Quick PDF Library 7.21


                            The PDF opens blank and then hangs the process


                            If you take the PDF you can't open and using a text editor open it up, search for the word Producer.


                            Here is what I get in the PDF's I have issues with


                            /Producer (Quick PDF Library 7.21 \(www.quickpdflibrary.com\))

                            /Creator (Quick PDF Library 7.21 \(www.quickpdflibrary.com\))


                            This link leads to these guys, Fox It

                            Quick PDF Library | Powerful PDF SDK


                            I have downloaded their own Foxit PhantomPDF application and it will not open the PDF's either. So the problem I'm having is that an old version of their library would at least appear to be buggy. Mind you , it's a very old version and should have probably been upgraded.


                            I will be very interested to hear if the other issues here are for the same PDF producer


                            We have since patched the issue with the latest version of the library.


                            I've contacted Foxit as I'm now trying to work out if I can recover old PDF's

                            • 11. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                              RTAdmin Level 1

                              Hi Anand,

                              I have done as requested and it is still broken. This issue as discussed is happening on Hundreds of PC's not just one.

                              I have emailed you a PDF that causes this issue on all pc's that we have found with the problem to date

                              I have tried re installing etc and All preferences and that does not fix it

                              Down grading to ver 17.0092.0044 makes it all work ( That was just the version we tested it with ) 17.01220098 worked fine as well.

                              Lets see what you find

                              • 12. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                gianthead74 Level 1

                                Yeah, downgrading, using chrome or any other PDF viewer works, we even found that Fox IT PDF viewer works


                                PCID7900, I would be keen to hear what the producer is in your PDF's?

                                • 13. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                  RTAdmin Level 1

                                  HI Mate


                                  a few places actually

                                  Some from Photo Copiers. Sharp and Xerox mainly

                                  Some From Xero ( Online accounting ) Some from other Applicaitons that auto generate emails.

                                  So no one source

                                  The one that I have been testing with ( just an invoice from a client ) was produced with (Aspose.Pdf for .NET 6.6)

                                  • 14. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                    gianthead74 Level 1

                                    Well that is very interesting., I have had reports from customers that other PDF's won't open but I have disproved them all so far. Most of the time it's because they open one of ours first which hangs the process then they open a different one and it's already hung so it doesn't open either


                                    I just called a mate, he just sent me a Xero invoice, it's in Apose.PDF.net 6.6 and it's opening fine here. Are you able to send me your one that doesn't open. How do we move this conversation to email?


                                    I also have lots of sites using Sharp and Xerox MFC's and have not heard anything is wrong with them. If it effected xero one would expect a huge amount of chatter on the internet and their forums and I can't find any.

                                    • 15. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                      RTAdmin Level 1

                                      HI Mate


                                      As the issue is most likely an Adobe issue

                                      Is there any benefit in us talking directly?

                                      Thanks for the offer though

                                      As for where the emails are coming from I am taking that from what our clients are telling me and Obviously that may not be 100% correct.

                                      But as to the fact that we have hundreds of users with the same issues ( Across many different business's). I am sure it is more than a single point type problem.

                                      I have started getting the users to re associated Adobe with Firefox/chrome / IE and the issue stops

                                      But obviously the PDF's now open in the Browser not the full version.

                                      We have downgraded to previous versions and the issue stops immediately. And upgrade back to the this version causes the issues immediately.

                                      And yes when the issue happens Adobe is locked up and no Adobe docs will work till this is manually closed

                                      Then some may work some do not

                                      And as for giving you copies etc

                                      As this is client data ( and mostly invoices / Contracts ) I am not at liberty to hand them around freely

                                      I hope you understand.

                                      When we find and answer I will post it

                                      • 16. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                        Base2_Support Level 1

                                        I have had a chat with Adobe representative just now and been advised that someone will get back to me within a day, from senior team, about this issue. Senior engineers were aware and working on the fix. I have logged a case last week as it affected both Pro users and free Reader. Hopefully, there will be an update shortly.

                                        • 17. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                          alvinf53062577 Level 1



                                          I work for an IT company, we have been receiving multiple calls a day for this since the recent update.

                                          I have noticed the following:

                                          • Only specific PDF documents cause the issue.
                                          • I can view these problem files in other systems eg IE, Chrome, Adobe Reader XI.
                                          • When you open the PDF and it stays blank but can show when I hide the sidebar tool. After closing it the process still remains and any other PDF you try to open will create a new process, but will not display.
                                          • Closing all these processes with task manager or login out and back in will allow you to open other PDF files again, but the issue will restart if you open the problematic PDF files.


                                          Hope this helps provide some more details.

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                                          • 18. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                            glenr72049057 Level 1

                                            We got one of these "bad" PDFs today as an invoice today.


                                            Appears to be produced by "Quick PDF Library 7.21"


                                            We also found that the solution posted by Alvin Fletcher, killing the hung orphan processes,  worked for us for restoring adobe for use on other non-bad files.

                                            • 19. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                              gianthead74 Level 1

                                              Yep, thats the one we use, once we upgraded to the current version, the problem when away.

                                              • 20. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                                glenr72049057 Level 1

                                                I will suggest that to the sender, but as we don't control what software they use we will have to wait for Adobe to issue a patch.

                                                • 21. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit

                                                  We also have this problem - A range of our small business clients are reporting this in - PDF's generated from the Accounting service XERO are particularly affected for us. Reader Version 18.009.20044.55097

                                                  • 22. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                                    ashumittal Adobe Employee

                                                    Hi all,


                                                    Thanks for reporting the issue. We have been able to reproduce this issue internally and are looking towards a resolution soon.


                                                    We will keep you posted of the progress.




                                                    • 23. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit

                                                      I have same issue with invoices being created through Xero. I contacted Xero support and received this response;


                                                      We're currently aware of a compatibility issue with Adobe Reader (version 2018.009.20044). Opening up a Xero generated PDF with this version of Adobe Reader will freeze the program and display a blank document.

                                                      Our Product Team is taking a look into this issue with urgency and we'll let you know once we have an update for you.

                                                      When Adobe opens a blank white PDF you will be able to click into this white space. The PDF should then load after waiting a moment.

                                                      Otherwise you can open the PDFs within your browser (we suggest Chrome or Firefox) instead of opening via Adobe Reader. If you're unsure how to open the PDF document directly within your browser on a Windows PC, you can right click on the downloaded PDF file within your Downloads folder and choose Open With > Chrome (or Firefox). Alternatively you can drag and drop the PDF file from your Downloads folder into your browser window or use a different PDF viewer to open the PDF files.

                                                      If you continue to have problems opening the PDF file within your browser or using an alternative PDF viewer, we suggest speaking with your IT support team who can assist further. Please note that if Adobe Reader is "frozen", then you can force close Adobe Reader (on a Windows PC you can 'End Task' via Task Manager) and then use a different PDF viewer.

                                                      • 24. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                                        Base2_Support Level 1

                                                        Did you get any further updates from Xero? Perhaps they have a bit close connection with Adobe, rather than paying customers.

                                                        I spent half a day on the phone with Adobe and couldn't get more than just "Reinstall Adobe and it should work" suggestion. The ticket i have logged with them hasn't been updated either.

                                                        • 25. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                                          gregr67740280 Level 1

                                                          No response yet.

                                                          However if you are on Xero, I have found that instead of emailing the invoice through the Xero system, if I prepare the invoice in Xero, approve invoice, then print to PDF, this PDF file is fine, and I can then email it to my clients manually with the invoice attached. It takes a little longer, however it is better than emailing to the client through Xero, and then they ring you to tell you that have sent them a corrupt file, which has stuffed up their Adobe Reader (and then they end up having to uninstall and reinstall Adobe, to fix their problem). Or the other alternative is, you just print off a hard copy invoice and post it in the mail.

                                                          In summary, it is when you email the invoice through Xero, this seems to be when the PDF file is being corrupted.

                                                          • 26. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                                            RTAdmin Level 1

                                                            HI All,


                                                            The only work around is to associate PDF files with a Browser Firefox/Chrome/IE your preference here. And then it all works fine.

                                                            Adobe know of the issue and will deal with it when they see fit.

                                                            I am glad they are looking into it but, am unhappy that the have little regard for thousands of people feeling the pain at the moment.

                                                            Either way we have a work around. Which will probably stay there for a while

                                                            As after I have changed 1200 Computers to use Firefox I will not be changing them back in a hurry

                                                            Just keeping you all up to date

                                                            • 27. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit

                                                              We have many clients experienceing this issue now which is increasing by the hour. We're just installing Sumatra or Foxit reader for anyone affected since Adobe doesn't work.

                                                              • 28. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                                                alvinf53062577 Level 1

                                                                Hello Nathan,


                                                                The following rollback fixes the issue for users who want to use Adobe:


                                                                If the client doesn't mind using another software they can use IE or chrome as most clients already have that installed, this may save you some time instead of installing another software.

                                                                We have also been having this issue with our clients.

                                                                • 29. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                                                  ashumittal Adobe Employee

                                                                  Hi all,


                                                                  Sorry for the inconvenience. Acrobat team is aware of this issue introduced in the latest update and working towards a resolution soon.


                                                                  We have a fix identified and if you would be willing to try out a private build for validation at your end, please write in to asmittal@adobe.com.




                                                                  • 30. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit

                                                                    Hi Ashu,

                                                                    Maybe you have done this already, but could you (Adobe) stop the continued roll out of the upgrade given that there is and issue with the current build?

                                                                    • 31. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit

                                                                      Hi Ashu,


                                                                      Please can you advise when a fix will be issued for this problem.

                                                                      • 32. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit

                                                                        Dear Adobe,


                                                                        This update is unacceptable from such a large company to f$#@ your program from working. Please roll back update or fix it ASAP. Sincerely, 1000 users at my company



                                                                        • 33. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                                                          ashumittal Adobe Employee

                                                                          Hi all,


                                                                          We are working towards the public release of the fix on high priority, will let you know as soon as it is available.



                                                                          • 34. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                                                            RTAdmin Level 1

                                                                            Hi Mick,


                                                                            I too look after over 1200 PC's and this issue plagues them

                                                                            But when posting and asking for help I understood that Honey gets more bees than Salt

                                                                            Sometimes this is hard to remember when ya flat out fixing someones elses issues

                                                                            And as this issue appears to be caused by Xero Accounting and Adobe

                                                                            I have to keep remembering that Adobe is only half the issue

                                                                            If Xero had of fixed their invoicing site then this would not happen either

                                                                            So please try not to decrease our chance of getting adobe to fix this quickly

                                                                            So just rememebr

                                                                            Awlays look on the light side of life.

                                                                            Regards Matthew

                                                                            • 35. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                                                              RTAdmin Level 1

                                                                              Hi All,

                                                                              We have tested a patch this afternoon that appears to fix the issue. So fingers crossed that it passes it's other tests and gets released soon.

                                                                              Keep up the good work Ashu

                                                                              • 36. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit

                                                                                I'm also starting to get more & more call from frustrated customers

                                                                                I found you also sometimes need to go to the details tab in Task manager to close Adobe


                                                                                And interesting enough if you click on the blank page it opens , doesn't fix the hanging problem


                                                                                Please fix asap Mr Adobe

                                                                                • 37. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                                                                  ashumittal Adobe Employee

                                                                                  Hi logicalstep,


                                                                                  Yes, we are planning to release the fix ASAP (tentatively in the next couple of days itself).




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                                                                                  • 38. Re: Blank PDF then hang on exit
                                                                                    ashumittal Adobe Employee

                                                                                    Hi all,


                                                                                    Adobe Acrobat and Reader official update containing the fix for this issue is now available. This update will be automatically pushed to all existing installations of Acrobat and Reader. If you want, you may also manually trigger the update by opening the application and going to Help > Check for Updates.


                                                                                    More information about this release is here: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/release-note/acrobat-dc-november-29-2017.html


                                                                                    Please try it out and let us know your feedback.


                                                                                    Thanks for your patience and support!