What is iTunes.exe?

The genuine iTunes.exe file is a software component of iTunes by Apple.
iTunes.exe is an executable file that is associated with iTunes, a cross-platform desktop media manager primarily for audio files developed by Apple Inc. This process runs iTunes. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled. iTunes comes equipped with media management capabilities, and can even be used to broadcast radio online. The software is popularly known for its mobile device management applications. It is used to play, download, and organize digital audio and video. The iTunes Store lets users purchase music online through their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. 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.

iTunes stands for iTunes Launcher

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 iTunes.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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ITunes.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with iTunes
ITunes.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as iTunes belongs to software iTunes by Apple (

Description: ITunes.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ITunes.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—common is C:\Program Files\iTunes\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,179,660 bytes (48% of all occurrences), 9,777,040 bytes and 10 more variants. 
It is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The iTunes.exe file is a Verisign signed file. ITunes.exe is digitally signed. ITunes.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 5% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with iTunes.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramiTunes, consult Apple’s Customer Service or update the program to the latest version.

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If iTunes.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 0% dangerous. The file size is 10,358,568 bytes. The program has a visible window. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows system file. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with iTunes.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramiTunes.

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

is Apple Itunes
  G. Demi   (further information)
One minute after turning on my computer, I opened Internet Explorer & within 5 minutes, Spybot S&D notified me that ITunes.exe had changed my registry. Spybot asked if I wanted to deny the change. I clicked on "deny" but the message reappeared. I kept hitting "deny" & the msg. kept reappearing. I checked my System32 folder & there was the file, installed just 5 minutes earlier. It wouldn't allow me to delete it, so I restarted in safe mode & deleted it easily.
Good media player from apple
  Ludaz   (further information)
A wonderful media player and organizer from Apple. Should have absolutely no problems, as long as you download from
  Esomi   (further information)
Not a problem, if you have it you will know about it
I'm almost positive I got this as a virus through an AIM link that claimed to be an ebaumsworld jpeg.
Depends on who put it on your pc
  Keith   (further information)
Bit steep on memory requirements. But who gives a damn. Best music player for any platform...period!
  Neal   (further information)
how to fix it
When i double click the icon the process comes up but then it gets shut down without the window coming up.
i have just installed itunes versions 7 when i double click on the icon on my desktop now i am told that i need to disable the compatibility tab of the properties for itunes.exe. i dont know how to do this
Apple does not need to have iTunes and it's other processing software load everytime with Windows. Plug -and-Play loads it just fine without it loading. This is spyware. And don't give your songs labels. That just helps them make more money without giving you anything for your trouble.
iTunes.exe will only run only run if you have QuickTime also installed.
  Damien Miranda  
use for iPOD
  Min Min Myat  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of iTunes.exe: based on 20 votes with 14 user comments. 12 users think iTunes.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. One user thinks iTunes.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 4 users don't grade iTunes.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving iTunes issues

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