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What is AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe?

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What is it?

This is the bootstrapper/helper portion of the Apple MobileDeviceHelper iTunes sync. AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe is installed along with the latest version of Apple iTunes and is used to sync your iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPod or iPad with iTunes when you connect your device to your computer. If you are running Windows XP, before the installation of Service Pack 2, this service was required for use with the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service.

What if I disable AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe?

If you disable this process then when you connect your iOS device to your computer iTunes will not automatically sync to your mobile device without having to open iTunes manualliy. iOS devices require Apple Mobile Device Support, which should be automatically installed with iTunes.
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How does applemobiledevicehelper.exe run?

Process - AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe is executed by the process itunes.exe (iTunes by Apple).


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the applemobiledevicehelper.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of applemobiledevicehelper.exe users, 25.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.02488% CPU248780.5%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
9.64 MB RAM44.8%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 10 /min0.4%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         4 GDI objects2.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\common files\apple\mobile device support\applemobiledevicehelper.exe

Are there other versions of AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by this process.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows XP Home Edition (5.1.2600.196608)

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File details

File name: AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe
Publisher: Apple Inc. (verified)
Description: MobileDeviceHelper
Version: 17.761.18.14
Product version:
Size: 32.28 KB
Original file name: AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Apple Inc.
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 5/17/2009
Expiration date: 6/26/2011

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0454538798%
Privileged CPU: 0.0205758256%
User CPU: 0.02487805424808%
Total CPU time: 55 ms
Total CPU time /min: 1 ms
Privileged CPU time: 85.94 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 12 ms
User CPU time: 15.62 ms
User CPU time /min: 0 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 56.69 MB
Peak committed memory: 58.6 MB
Paged memory: 9.64 MB
Peak paged memory: 9.65 MB
Paged system memory: 112 KB
Non-paged system memory: 4.68 KB
Working set memory: 10.45 MB
Peak working set memory: 13.9 MB
Min working set memory: 10.45 MB
Private memory: 9.64 MB
Page faults: 3,743
Page faults /min: 714
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 12
Read operations /min: 2
Total read transfer: 68.94 KB
Read transfer /min: 12.77 KB
Total write operations: 46
Write operations /min: 8
Total write transfer: 5.51 KB
Write transfer /min: 1.05 KB
Total other operations: 1,117
Other operations /min: 211
Total other transfer: 160.92 KB
Other Transfer /min: 30.71 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 4
USER objects: 1
Handle count average: 120
Thread count average: 4
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Process
Child Process
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe" --pipe \\.\pipe\3017887616990232043852204 --parentPipe
"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe" --pipe \\.\pipe\30169232206612582851583804 --parentPipe

Image hashes

MD5: 4615f399939cf675d18fb04438e48b7b
SHA-1: 141814f16c213e635221685667a37d9cd87853bb
SHA-256: 82036fb83a1fd8fe48f57414436319ec4e26403d7a0cb3f2aed66781cfec986b

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows Console
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++ 8.0
File entropy: 6.39611
File packed: No
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