What is apdproxy.exe?

The genuine apdproxy.exe file is a software component of Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition by Adobe Systems.
Apdproxy.exe is an executable file that belongs to Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition, a photo organization and editing software that allows quick and easy searching and sharing of entire photo collections. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition is a Windows-only freeware version of Adobe Photoshop Album, a digital photo organizer which was first launched on February 18, 2003. It was discontinued as of June 2009 and its place has been taken over by Adobe Photoshop Elements, a lighter version of Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Systems Incorporated is an American software giant that develops software products for web design, video editing, web hosting, image editing, servers, as well as formats such as Flash and PDF. The company was established in 1982 by Charles Geschke and John Warnockin and is currently headquartered in San Jose, California.

APDProxy stands for Adobe Photoshop Download Proxy

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 apdproxy.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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Apdproxy.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with apdproxy
Apdproxy.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition (version 3.2 component, 3.0 component) or Adobe Photo Downloader (version 3.0 component, 4.0 component) or Adobe Photo Downloader component

belongs to software Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition or Adobe Photo Downloader or Adobe Photoshop Elements or Adobe Premiere Elements or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom or Adobe Production Studio

by Adobe Systems (

Description: Apdproxy.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The apdproxy.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 57,344 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 63,712 bytes and 4 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. Apdproxy.exe is not a Windows core file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 10% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Adobe Photoshop Album come up, you could also do the following:

Recommended: Identify apdproxy.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as apdproxy.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the apdproxy.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.


User Comments

It prevented an XP64 machine from shutting down. Should be disable in start up and the file renamed or deleted.
yes its from photoshop elements. stop it in task manager, then delete apdproxy.exe from windows folder and program files folder
  Graeme w  
It takes 98 to 100% of my CPU leaving the computer non-functional to do anything else.
  M Lee  
There are two steps that need to be completed to correct the problem, both steps can be found at the adobe website. First, you need to move the Moxplugins folder from your Photoshop Elements 6.0 file on your hard drive to the recycle bin. Second you need to disable the Auto Launch Adobe Photo Downloader in Photoshop Elements. Once you have done both, restart your computer. That should fix the problem. It did for me.
  azallie   (further information)
It showed after installing a new HP printer. It does not seem to alter any programs.
On my XPpro desktop, apdproxy seemed to consume memory in an area that prevented proper shutdown and interfered with memory access by other programs. The solution was to end the task completely, or prevent it from starting at all.
The Adobe photo downloader is non-essential, but very useful. It automatically pops up when you connect any device that has photos or movies. It grabs the photos, fixes red-eye, files them according to your preference, and then deletes them from the device. It works great and is super convenient, especially for the non-techno-wizard.
  Larry Brown  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of apdproxy.exe: based on 24 votes with 9 reviews. 7 users think apdproxy.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 2 users think apdproxy.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 7 users don't grade apdproxy.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving apdproxy issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with apdproxy. 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 apdproxy.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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