Constant network activity of node.exe / AdobeIPCBroker / other strange activities

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[running PS 20 and LR 9 under Windows 10 Pro 1903]

Once I have launched PS or Lightroom, even when the Creative Cloud app is not running, node.exe and Adobe Desktop Services.exe are constantly accessing (opening and closing) C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Vulcan\specifiers\adobedesktopservice.xml. Also, a Creative Cloud icon appears in the system tray but it is useless (clicking, double-clicking or right-clicking it has absolutely no effect). The network activity of node.exe can also become rather frantic.

Even after quitting PS/LR and Creative Cloud (using the Quit button, not just by closing the window), node.exe and Adobe Desktop Services.exe remain active, continuing to constantly open and close C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Vulcan\specifiers\adobedesktopservice.xml. The system tray icon of Creative Cloud remains there, as useless as before.

I have nothing less than 4 different copies of node.exe on my system :

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop 2020
18/10/2019  16:28        22 832 792 node.exe
               1 File(s)     22 832 792 bytes
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Creative Cloud Libraries\libs
25/09/2019  23:32        22 777 496 node.exe
               1 File(s)     22 777 496 bytes

C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Creative Cloud Experience\libs
22/10/2019  09:25        18 410 648 node.exe
               1 File(s)     18 410 648 bytes

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Creative Cloud Libraries\libs
22/05/2019  02:43        18 324 120 node.exe
               1 File(s)     18 324 120 bytes

Why ? Are they leftovers from previous versions ?

I don't like the idea of these processes constantly using system resources while I don't need them. If I don't use any Adobe app and if I have nothing to synchronize (all sync options disabled), no program from Adobe should be running on my system, especially when I have elected to not run Creative Cloud upon Windows startup.

Please leave my system alone and let me decide when I need to use the Adobe stuff.

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Patrick Philippot

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Rob Rippengale

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I agree. This is annoying. I finally got around to the new Photoshop 2020 and the new Creative Cloud dialog, etc, and am astounded at how many Adobe processes want to hang around after I quit PS, LRC and tell the Cloud dialog to EXIT. I don't remember saying Adobe could use my computer for whatever they want. I terminated all these processes and if I have to do that too many times I will be rethinking my subscription. Stop skulking about in the shadows, Adobe! You can load when I want you and I will wait. Then get off my system when I tell you to close. It's a reasonable request.