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Is iTunesHelper.exe safe?

ITunesHelper.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if iTunesHelper.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


ITunesHelper.exe file information

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 (www.apple.com) or Apple (www.apple.com).

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 7/XP are 278,528 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 267,048 bytes and 35 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/ituneshelper.exe.html 
The file is not a Windows core file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). The program has no visible window. The process can be removed using the control panel Add\Remove programs applet. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. ITunesHelper.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous, however also read the users 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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If iTunesHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 28% dangerous. The file size is 278,528 bytes (39% of all occurrences), 267,048 bytes and 10 more variants. The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). ITunesHelper.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications.

If iTunesHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder, the security rating is 28% dangerous. The file size is 278,528 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 256,576 bytes. The program can be removed using the control panel Add\Remove programs applet. The program is not visible. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows system file. ITunesHelper.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications.

If iTunesHelper.exe is located in the folder "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 292,128 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "iTunes Helper" must run at start up. Installed with Apple's iTunes for Windows. Uses ~3-4MB of memory and if disabled in MSCONFIG or deleted from the registry it will re-instate itself after running iTunes a few times - hence the reluctant Y recommendation

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.



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User Comments

Windows 7 kept freezing randomly. Until I removed this program.
  Patrik  
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
  James  
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
  tom  
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
  Correz  
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.
  Nanaki  
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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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