What is ATH.exe?

The genuine ATH.exe file is a software component of Mobile Device Support by Apple.
ATH.exe is an executable file that belongs to Apple Mobile Device Support, a program that is required to synchronize devices through iTunes. This process handles Apple services on computers running Windows. 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. part of a process that recognizes the connected Apple devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad) and is part of the program iTunes. You can also turn off the wireless (Wi-Fi) synchronization of iTunes, then ATH.exe will consume fewer resources.

ATH stands for Apple Technology Helper

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 ATH.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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ATH.exe file information

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

The process known as ATH.exe belongs to software Apple Mobile Device Support by Apple (

Description: ATH.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ATH.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 60,232 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 55,184 bytes, 57,008 bytes or 55,144 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. ATH.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. ATH.exe is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. ATH.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with ATH.exe, you can also completely remove Apple Mobile Device Support (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program), look for help from the software company Apple or check if there is a newer version available.

Recommended: Identify ATH.exe related errors

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

ATH.exe ist ein Prozess, der die angeschlossenen Apple Geräte (iPod, iPhone, iPad) erkennt und gehört zum Programm iTunes. Du kannst auch die WLAN (Wi-Fi) Synchronisation von iTunes ausschalten, dann wird ATH.exe weniger Ressourcen verbrauchen.
It is a apple product used when your device is under ios 6 registered on iTunes
Prozess kann nicht beendet werden

Summary: Average user rating of ATH.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks ATH.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving ATH issues

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