What is APSDaemon.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 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 8/7/XP are 59,720 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 59,240 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows core file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is a Verisign signed file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. APSDaemon.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 3% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
It is possible to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Apple Application Support or Apple, ask the developer, Apple, for assistance or make sure that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify APSDaemon.exe related errors

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.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of APSDaemon.exe: based on 16 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think APSDaemon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 3 users think APSDaemon.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is 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 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 APSDaemon.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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