What is APSDaemon.exe?

The genuine APSDaemon.exe file is a software component of Apple Application Support by Apple.
APSDaemon.exe is an executable file that belongs to Apple Application 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 Application Support a program developed for iPods and iPhones to enable users using iTunes 9 on their devices to arrange icons and synchronize devices without requiring the actual device. 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.

APSDaemon stands for Apple Push Service Daemon

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 APSDaemon.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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APSDaemon.exe file information

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

The process known as Apple Push belongs to software Apple Application Support or Apple Push or Safari by Apple (

Description: APSDaemon.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. APSDaemon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 59,720 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 59,280 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. It is digitally signed. APSDaemon.exe is a Verisign signed file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. APSDaemon.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramApple Application Support or Supporto applicazioni Apple, ask the developer, Apple, for assistance [1][2] or make sure that you have installed the latest version [1][2].

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as APSDaemon.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the APSDaemon.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 often makes iTunes crash. I rename the exe extension so it doesn't open, and then iTunes works fine.
  Simion Edwards  
The only apple software I installed was Quicktime, and I was very sure to select all options to ONLY install core software and no automatic updates. This installed anyway. Apple spyware - I am deleting.
I consumed over 1.940GB of memory on my pc according to the Resource Manager on Win7 which slowed performance considerably.
  Ron Lee  
It causes long delays in windows 7 operations. Right-click on a file in Windows Explorer, eg, takes 25 -35 seconds to open the menu. I use task manager to end process. It is a zero-value Nuisance.
  Andrew Main  
I have my Outlook contacts and calendar synced with my iPhone and iPad via iCloud. When Outlook is running APSDaemon uses 15-20% of my CPU continuously. When I close Outlook it fades into the background. I assume it's handling the communications with iCloud. But it doesn't seem very efficient.
  John Dilworth  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of APSDaemon.exe: based on 19 votes with 5 user comments. 3 users think APSDaemon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 3 users think APSDaemon.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade APSDaemon.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving APSDaemon issues

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