What is AppleMobileDeviceService.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 AppleMobileDeviceService.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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AppleMobileDeviceService.exe file information

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

The process known as Apple Mobile Device Service or MobileDeviceService belongs to software Apple Mobile Device Support or Apple Mobile Device Service or Apple Mobile Device or MobileMe Control Panel or iPod Reset Utility or iTunes or PoserContent2012 by Apple (

Description: AppleMobileDeviceService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AppleMobileDeviceService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 110,592 bytes (49% of all occurrences), 106,496 bytes and 11 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. AppleMobileDeviceService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If there are any problems with AppleMobileDeviceService.exe, you can visit the vendor’s support site, find out if there is a newer version [1][2] available or uninstall Apple Mobile Device Support or iTunes software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 8/7/Vista).

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

I have found a solution to this on Windows xp. Step 1 First go to control panel in the start menu. Step 2 Go to administrator tools then through that go on Services. A Services Window should pop up with lists of Services. Step 3 find AppleMobileDeviceService.exe then press stop
hogging cpu process, mostly 50%, slow down system
The spep by step that was given 2 up from this did not disable this worthless usage sinkhole, and though it is nothing bad, I am removing it because it slows down my entire system badly. I have disabled it in every way possible, including setting it to manual and it still auto starts every tie it is closed. Personally I feel it is wrong for a company to force a product on consumers in that way. Especially if nothing is connected to the cpu.
  Unhappy Ipad Owner  
CPU hog (25%), even when no Apple device is connected. Was making my laptop overheat. Set it to Run Manual and laptop is cool
Do you remember being asked permission to send information to Apple on the installation of iTunes? well this is what apple do with your permission! no big deal from the security point of view, however uses CPU resources big time! By my estimation, it uses between 25 and 40% of processing power in the worst scenario. Most definitely not a virus, as it is not malware, however it does slow your system down enormously. Having said that, if you consider how powerful iTunes "the program" in fact is, this is not surprising
  Dr Steve Black UK  
1-start 2-run 3-msconfig.exe 4-services 5-apple mobile device - uncheck and apply. did the trick, i guess if i end up needing it i can just check the box again.
Uninstalled iTunes and it left AppleMobileDeviceService.exe behind. Always running in task manager. Really get annoyed by that. Uninstall a program and it leaves remnants behind. Found and deleted now. Thanks for the tip!
next part of apple mobile
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Summary: Average user rating of AppleMobileDeviceService.exe: based on 34 votes with 9 reviews. 13 users think AppleMobileDeviceService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 11 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 5 users think AppleMobileDeviceService.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 7 users don't grade AppleMobileDeviceService.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving AppleMobileDeviceService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AppleMobileDeviceService. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 AppleMobileDeviceService.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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