Have you recently installed the Nuance PDF Reader on your Windows PC or laptop? If the answer to that is yes, you might have come across an error message that stated: ‘The following applications are using files that need to be updated by this setup,’ along with a Files in Use section. The reason why you are getting this message time and again is because of Acresso software manager.
Here you will get to know more about Acresso software manager, including whether it’s safe to keep and how to remove it from your system for good. So, let’s get started without further ado!
What exactly is Acresso software?
Flexnet or Acresso software manager is that default software tool that gets installed on the PC or laptop when Nuance PDF Reader is installed. Nuance uses it for delivering automatized updates of the Nuance PDF Reader. The problem is that you won’t be given a choice regarding whether you want to install this additional software manager along with the PDF reader, or not. You will not even know when it got installed in your device, but rest assured the software manager will definitely get installed. If you search in applications, you will find the Acresso software manager listed as isuspm.exe.
It is worth mentioning in this regard that there is no mention about Acresso software manager or other such third party software installation in the license agreement that Nuance PDF Reader shows.
Acresso software manager comes with the main purpose of checking for updates in the programs installed in the computer. If it finds any such update, it will ask you to install the updates. It might also get the programs automatically updated if the default settings are changed to that effect. Acresso software manager connects to the internet to look for updates. Thus, it shows down the performance of the device and consumes data in the background. The software manager comes with a couple of other disadvantages, too.
UNINSTALL ISUSPM.EXE: what is it, and why do it?
So, now you have a clear picture of what the Acresso software manager is, and you also have an idea about why it gets installed onto your device without your permission. As mentioned earlier, isuspm.exe is how this software manager is present in Applications, and ‘uninstall isuspm.exe’ is simply the option that you can choose to get it uninstalled. But more on that later, let’s assess whether you need to install the software manager.
Truth be told, there is no harm in having Acresso software manager or isuspm.exe or Flexnet in your device. It isn’t a virus, and no such malware related issues have been reported with this particular software. What it does is keeps checking for software updates at regular intervals, so that you don’t miss any important update. However, it runs in the background and makes the device slower and eats up your data. So, you can have Acresso software manager uninstalled by following the given methods, if it interferes with the functionality of the device.
Two easy ways to uninstall Acresso software manager
There are two simple ways for you to uninstall Acresso software manager, and you can choose to go with any one among them.
Since Nuance PDF Reader is the main culprit behind getting Acresso software manager installed on the device, you can simply uninstall the PDF Reader to solve the problem. Acresso software manager will get removed along with the PDF Reader. Given below is a step-by-step guide on uninstalling Nuance PDF Reader:
- Click on the search menu and type ‘Uninstall a program’
- A window will be opened that has the complete list of installed software on the device.
- You will find ‘Nuance Power PDF Advanced’ or ‘Nuance PDF Reader’ software somewhere on that list
- Right click on the software and you will get the option of uninstalling the PDF Reader
If you no longer have any use for Nuance PDF Reader, this method can be perfect for you to get rid of the Acresso software manager once and for all.
However, if you need the PDF Reader and don’t want to uninstall it, you can follow the given steps for temporarily removing the Acresso software manager.
- Open Nuance PDF Reader in the device
- Go to the ‘Help’ option right on the top of the menu
- Select the option of ‘Nuance on the Web’
- Uncheck the option of ‘Automatic Web Update’
And that’s it! Acresso Software Manager will no longer check for new updates or get them automatically installed on your device.
Steps for fixing Acresso software manager error
Now, if you just want to fix the error message popping up on your screen thanks to Acresso software manager, there are steps for that, as well.
Through Windows Task Manager:
- Press Ctrl + Alt + Del on the keyboard and choose Task Manager from the options
- Click on ‘Process’ at the top of the Task Manager window
- Scroll down and click on the option ‘Common Software Manager’ for expanding it
- Select the option ‘FlexNet Connect Common Software Manager’ for highlighting it
- Click on ‘End Task’ tab at the bottom of the window for ending the process
It helps to know the exact process ID of the Software Manager on the system to make the process end.
Here’s how you can find the process ID:
- Click on ‘View’ from the Windows Task Manager Toolbar
- Choose ‘Select Columns’
- Enable the ‘PID’ option for displaying the value
Check which of the processes of the software manager is taking up the most processing power and kill it from the Task Manager. If the Software Manager goes on consuming processing power in spite of the use of Task Manager, you can use the second method mentioned above for ignoring the annoying pop-up notification.
1. What does a common software manager do?
Software Manager is a kind of utility program that is needed to upgrade the existing applications on a device. It gets the programs automatically updated if the settings are changed to that, or it might inform you that new updates are available for you to install them.
2. What is ISUSPM startup?
The authentic isuspm.exe file is the software component of the FlexNet Connect by the Flexera Software. It is the update scheduler of Flexera Software. The software runs at the Windows startup, and conveys ‘agent.exe’ when the aim is to find and install the developer updates. Its RAM and CPU usage can end up slowing down the machine.
3. What software uses Flexnet?
Acresso software manager uses FlexNet. FlexNet deals with managing IT assets and license optimization.
Hopefully, you now have a clear idea about what Acresso software manager is and how you can deal with it. The steps mentioned above should solve the problem of removing the software easily. However, if you still face any difficulty, leave a comment below and we’ll reach out to you.