Adobe Acrobat reader has a flaw that can cause it to stop running; apparently, it doesn't clean up after itself very well and can place thousands of .tmp files in one of several places.
When it reaches the maximum number for computers, a really big number, it won't load and will spike the processor and it might hang your computer.
To address this, look in temp directories for files starting with acr and with the .tmp classifier. Delete them. Oh, you will have to do this from a command prompt, I found nothing in the c:\temp using Explorer on one of my system but deleted over sixty-five-thousand files from the command line.
This problem affects Apples systems as well, I haven't a clue where Apples keep their temp files.