What is AppleMobileDeviceService.exe?

The genuine AppleMobileDeviceService.exe file is a software component of Mobile Device Support by Apple.
AppleMobileDeviceService.exe is an executable file that belongs to Apple Mobile Device Support, a program that is required to synchronize devices through iTunes. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Apple Mobile Device Support is required program that enables users to synchronize files between their Apple mobile iOS devices (iPod, iPhone or iPad) and a PC through iTunes. Removing this process may disable iTunes from working on the Windows computer. Apple Inc. is an American company that develops consumer electronics, computer software, as well as online services. The company is known for its smartphones, tablet computers, personal computers, media players and smartwatches. Apple develops the OS X and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, as well as several dozen productivity suites. Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in 1976, to develop and sell personal computers. The company is currently based in Cupertino, California, USA.

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 or YSLoader.exe

belongs to software Apple Mobile Device Support or Apple Mobile Device Service or Apple or Apple Mobile Device or MobileMe Control Panel or iPod Reset Utility or iTunes or PoserContent2012

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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 10/8/7/XP are 110,592 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 37,664 bytes and 18 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. It is digitally signed. It is a Verisign signed file. AppleMobileDeviceService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: 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 10/8/7).

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If AppleMobileDeviceService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 38% dangerous. The file size is 60,744 bytes. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. There is no file information. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. AppleMobileDeviceService.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. It is not a Windows system file. AppleMobileDeviceService.exe is able to monitor applications.

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

Somethimes it Will bloated your CPU without any reason.
its just the trigger app/service to recognise when to call & initiate itunes automatically upon detection of an apple device.i guess.
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.
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Summary: Average user rating of AppleMobileDeviceService.exe: based on 37 votes with 9 reviews. 16 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. 8 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 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 AppleMobileDeviceService.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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