What is AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe?

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 AppleMobileDeviceHelper.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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AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe file information

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

The process known as MobileDeviceHelper or YSLoader.exe or Apple Mobile Device Support belongs to software Apple Mobile Device Support or Pirates Buster for by Apple ( or Apple Computer (

Description: AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 141,048 bytes (34% of all occurrences), 60,744 bytes and 11 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows system file. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 15% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to ask for help from Support, search for an update on the vendor’s website or safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Apple Mobile Device Support or Pirates Buster for (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe related errors

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

Das löschen hat bewirkt, dass iTunes nun das iPhone nicht mehr erkennt.
Diese Datei nimmt sehr viel CPU weg. Sie ist allerdings notwendig, wenn man vor hat ein Apple Gerät mit Itunes zu syncronisieren. Ich behalte sie, obwohl sie mich etwas aufregt (CPU). (Schaut mal in den Task-manager, wenn itunes geöffnet ist und sucht das Program - dann seht ihr was ich meine...)
  JD   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving AppleMobileDeviceHelper issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AppleMobileDeviceHelper. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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