What is ADHelper.exe?

The genuine ADHelper.exe file is a software component of Audible Download Manager by Audible.
ADHelper.exe is an executable file that belongs to Audible Download Manager, a program that lets users download and organize audiobooks from the Audible store. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. Audible Download Manager is a freeware program designed for Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The program offers Audible customers the ability to browse Audible, an online audio bookstore, and to download and organize their purchased books, podcasts, and other media. This program features downloading Audible audio to a computer or phone, transferring audio from a computer to a mobile device and vice-versa, burning audio to CD/DVDs, and more. Audible Inc. is an American company that produces and distributes spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming through the Internet. The company deals in digital audiobooks, radio and TV programs, and audio versions of magazines and newspapers, and more. The company was founded in 1995 by Don Katz. Currently, it holds the title of being the largest producer and distributor of audio book in the United States. Audible Inc. is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.

ADHelper stands for Audible Download Manager Helper

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the ADHelper.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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ADHelper.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ADHelper
ADHelper.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Download Manager for Audible content belongs to software Audible Download Manager or Angry Duck by Audible (

Description: ADHelper.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ADHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 397,312 bytes (83% of all occurrences) or 963,584 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The ADHelper.exe file is not a Windows core file. ADHelper.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Angry Duck (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ADHelper.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ADHelper.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving ADHelper issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ADHelper. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ADHelper.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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