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What is iTunesHelper.exe?

Part of iTunes by Apple

What is it?

Apple software includes iTunesHelper or iTunes Helper, is a program from Apple that runs in the background and monitors for the connection of any iPod or iPhone to the computer, if an iPod or iPhone is detected it will automatically launch the iTunes application. The functionality is the same on both Mac OS X and Windows PC’s.

What if I disable iTunes?

There is no serious ramification to disabling it (other than that iTunes will no longer auto-launch upon connecting your iPhone or iPod).
Description of ituneshelper.exe from Apple
iTunes is a free application for your Mac or PC. It lets you organize and play digital music and video on your computer. It can automatically download new music, app, and book purchases across all your devices and computers. And it’s a store that has everything you need to be entertained. Anywhere. Anytime.
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How does ituneshelper.exe run?

Process - iTunesHelper.exe is an instance of a running program. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. iTunesHelper.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does ituneshelper.exe start?

Startup files (all users) run - iTunesHelper.exe is registered with the run identifier 'iTunesHelper' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"' in the Windows registry HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when any Windows user logs into Windows.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the ituneshelper.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of ituneshelper.exe users, 29.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is iTunesHelper.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00114% CPU11360.1%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          6.31 MB RAM29.3%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 5 /min0.2%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
              17 GDI objects11.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
     2 context switches/sec2.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\itunes\ituneshelper.exe

Are there other versions of iTunes?

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 iTunes.

What programs install iTunesHelper.exe?

iTunes by Apple Inc. - Apple's iTunes is a proprietary media player computer program, used for playing and organizing digital music and video files on desktop computers. It can also manage contents on iPod, iPhone and iPad. iTunes is an ap
Program URL: www.apple.com/itunes/
Program help URL: www.apple.com/support/
Install path: C:\Program Files\iTunes\
Size: 70.41 MB
VoiceOver Kit by Apple Inc.
Program URL: www.apple.com
Program help URL: www.apple.com/support/
Install path: C:\Program Files\iTunes\
Size: 41.81 MB

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows XP Professional (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)

About Apple Inc.

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File details

File name: iTunesHelper.exe
Publisher: Apple Inc. (verified)
Name: iTunes
Description: iTunesHelper
Size: 411.85 KB
Original file name: iTunesHelper.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: 0.0030476990%
Privileged CPU: 0.0019116844%
User CPU: 0.00113601466197%
Total CPU time: 75 ms
Total CPU time /min: 1 ms
Privileged CPU time: 1456129.8 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
User CPU time: 30.04 ms
User CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 377,746,602
CPU cycle count /min: 2,208,734
Context switches /sec: 2
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 116.35 MB
Peak committed memory: 119.68 MB
Paged memory: 6.31 MB
Peak paged memory: 6.41 MB
Paged system memory: 203.01 KB
Non-paged system memory: 14.16 KB
Working set memory: 3.17 MB
Peak working set memory: 12.72 MB
Min working set memory: 3.01 MB
Private memory: 6.31 MB
Page faults: 13,341
Page faults /min: 16
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 877
Read operations /min: 4
Total read transfer: 134.78 KB
Read transfer /min: 504 Bytes
Total write operations: 4
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 288 Bytes
Write transfer /min: 2 Bytes
Total other operations: 1,694
Other operations /min: 5
Total other transfer: 38.37 KB
Other Transfer /min: 153 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 17
Peak GDI objects: 20
USER objects: 10
Peak USER objects: 14
Handle count average: 387
Thread count average: 12
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Process
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
"C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
"C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"

Startup files (all users) run details

Name: iTunesHelper
Command: "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"

Network connectivity

UDP: LISTENING on port 55072
TCP: localhost on port 49160
UDP: LISTENING on port 64681
TCP: localhost on port 49225
UDP: LISTENING on port 49157
TCP: localhost on port 49158
UDP: LISTENING on port 52818
TCP: localhost on port 63011

Image hashes

MD5: 879d74337173a6d630d3d06184d354c1
SHA-1: 18a19a4df9f495cee69a9ffea565ee23cf0b5d40
SHA-256: fe7406e8e4f41f1072191c278bddbc6b036dfc530270983237422729584dab79

PE image details

File entropy: 5.29380
File packed: No
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