What is iTunesHelper.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 iTunesHelper.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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ITunesHelper.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with iTunesHelper
ITunesHelper.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as iTunesHelper Module belongs to software iTunes or iScrobbler or Acoustica Effects Pack or PANTONEĀ® colorist or Volume Logic Plug-in for iTunes or ZyGoVideo or FlashOnTV Build or Pirates Buster for by Apple Computer ( or Apple (

Description: ITunesHelper.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. ITunesHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in C:\ or in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings"—common is C:\Program Files\iTunes\. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 278,528 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 267,048 bytes and 35 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The program has no visible window. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. ITunesHelper.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
You can remove the entire program iTunes using Windows Control Panel, get help from the software vendor Apple or check the vendor’s website for a newer version.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as iTunesHelper.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan.Win32.Diple.ayny (detected by Kaspersky), and Trojan.Generic.KDV.361681 (detected by F-Secure). Therefore, you should check the iTunesHelper.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

Windows 7 kept freezing randomly. Until I removed this program.
For me it interfered with using winamp, it made winamp 2-3 times use more processing power and blocked my attempt uninstall a winamp plugin. Not only should you disable it, you should uninstall the whole apple package and consider a different music player - winamp (does it all) and musicbee (does a lot with little effort on your part) are both really great.
  Peter L.  
its not dangerous at all, but be careful cause if you close it, and then try to transfer files to your ipod, it will mess it up, and you will have to reset your ipod to factory settings, happened to me a couple times
Would crash my fairly high end laptop every 30 minutes or so with a memory leak. I disable it every time the PC boots.
  Chris H.  
background program but slows down startup speed on windows
iTunes helper allows iTunes to open automatically when your iPhone, iPod or iPad is connected. It is necessary if you expect your iOS device to sync automatically with iTunes
This ""helper"" application is installed by the Apple iTunes music player, and is used to support the operation of iTunes. iTunesHelper.exe performs various functions, including supporting communications for iTunes, and allowing the player to launch more quickly when it is needed by preloading certain necessary files. It may have other responsibilities as well, and should not be disabled if you are using iTunes.
  Keepin it Real gone wrong   (further information)
Typical Apple high-handed crap. Tries to sit on your network connection checking in with apple every couple of minutes. Has a memory leak when run under certain operating systems. Will reinstall itself unless everything Apple/Quicktime related is take off the PC. Screw apple.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of iTunesHelper.exe: based on 119 votes with 9 reviews. 67 users think iTunesHelper.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 20 users suspect danger. 18 users think iTunesHelper.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade iTunesHelper.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving iTunesHelper issues

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