How to remove ABBYY`s "Click here to buy" watermark on PDF files?

Question

How to remove ABBYY`s "Click here to buy" watermark on PDF files?

Answer

1. Start ABBYY FineReader PDF 15, go to Help > About > License Info.
2. In case a trial license is displayed - click on a license and remove it. 
3. Press Windows + R buttons on the keyboard.
4. Enter services.msc and Press Enter.
5. Find the ABBYY FineReader PDF 15 Licensing Service in the list of services and right-click it.
6. Select Properties from the shortcut menu.
7. Select the General tab.
8. Check if the Automatic item is selected in the Startup type drop-down list.
9. Click the OK button.
10. In the Services dialogue, right-click the ABBYY FineReader PDF 15 Licensing Service and select either Start or Restart from the shortcut menu.
11. Launch ABBYY FineReader PDF 15 to make sure the trial stamps are no longer added to PDF files.

If the issue persists, follow the next steps:
1. Uninstall ABBYY FineReader PDF 15 (Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features > Add or Remove Programs).
2. Make sure the following folders are removed: 

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\ABBYY FineReader 15.
  • C:\ProgramData\ABBYY\FineReader\15.00\.
  • %userprofile%\AppData\Local\ABBYY\FineReader\15.00.
  • %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\ABBYY\FineReader\15.00.
  • C:\temp\FR15.

Please note that ProgramData and AppData folders can be hidden.

3. Install/download the program. Check the articles if needed: Download links for FineReader PDF 15, Download links for FineReader 14.
4. Run the downloaded installation file and follow the instructions of the Installation Wizard.
5. Activate the program with the serial number of your copy of the program.
6. Launch ABBYY FineReader PDF 15 to make sure the trial stamps are no longer added to PDF files.

Additional information

"Click here to buy" watermark on PDF files printed with PDF-XChange 5.0 for ABBYY

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