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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. iTunes lets you enjoy all your music, movies, video, and TV shows on your Mac or PC.
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How does ituneshelper.exe run?

Process - iTunesHelper.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-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.

Community

What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.3% of all Boost users have the ituneshelper.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of ituneshelper.exe users, 29.0% have disabled it.
How stable is iTunes?
Based on crash data discovered by Boost, stability is a measure of how sound this particular process and the average percent of times it crashes.
     ituneshelper.exe0.03%
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is iTunesHelper.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00031% CPU3120.9%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          4.81 MB RAM22.3%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 3 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         10 GDI objects6.7%
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
iTunes (UOIT, 2012) by Apple Inc.
Program URL: www.apple.com/
Program help URL: www.apple.com/support/
Install path: C:\Program Files\iTunes\
WinRAR 4.01 (64-bit) by win.rar GmbH - WinRAR version 4 speeds up decompression by up to 30%. Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows NT are no longer supported; the minimum Windows version required is Windows 2000. WinRAR is a shareware file archiver and data co
Program URL: www.rarlab.com/
Install path: C:\Program Files\WinRAR\
Size: 4.27 MB
QuickTime by Apple Inc. - QuickTime is an extensible multimedia framework capable of handling various formats of digital video, picture, sound, panoramic images, and interactivity. QuickTime for Microsoft Windows has always been downloadable as a
Program URL: www.apple.com/quicktime
Program help URL: www.apple.com/support/
Install path: C:\Program Files\QuickTime\
Size: 24.22 MB
WinRAR archiver by win.rar GmbH - WinRAR archiver is a shareware file archiver that is able to create RAR archives natively.
Program URL: www.rarlab.com/
Install path: C:\Program Files\winrar
Size: 3.16 MB
Apple Application Support by Apple Inc. - Apple Application Support is required to run iTunes, QuickTime and other Apple installed products (do not remove this if you use any of these programs). If you remove this program you will need to reinstall it in order f
Program URL: www.apple.com
Program help URL: www.apple.com/support/
Install path: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Apple Application Support\
Size: 60.28 MB
Should I Remove It by Reason Software Company Inc. - Ever wonder how to clean out your computer? Many people do, because it’s not unusual to have your PC filled with adware, toolbars and other programs you no longer need or probably never intended to install in the first p
Program URL: www.ShouldIRemoveIt.com
Install path: C:\Program Files\Reason\Should I Remove It\
Size: 578.58 KB
MAGIX Fotos auf CD & DVD 9 deluxe by MAGIX AG
Program URL: www.magix.com
Install path: C:\Program Files\MAGIX\Fotos_auf_CD_DVD_9_deluxe_SE\
µTorrent by BitTorrent Inc. - µTorrent is a is a free, ad-supported, lighter-weight BitTorrent client designed to consume less resources then the full BitTorrent version. Some uTorrent installs include potentially unwanted applications in the f
Program URL: www.utorrent.com
Install path: C:\Program Files\uTorrent
Size: 946.39 KB
Amazon MP3 Downloader 1.0.17 by Amazon Services LLC - Amazon MP3 is an online music store owned and operated by Amazon.com. Amazon MP3's catalog is accessible from the Amazon.com web site by searching for an artist or title name. To download purchased music, Amazon.com
Program URL: www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200594190
Install path: C:\Program Files\amazon\mp3 downloader
Size: 6.06 MB
OpenOffice.org 3.3 by OpenOffice.org - Apache OpenOffice (AOO) is an open-source office productivity software suite containing word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics, formula editor, and database management applications. OpenOffice's default
Program URL: www.openoffice.org
Install path: C:\Program Files\OpenOffice.org 3\
Size: 792.51 KB
Winamp by Nullsoft, Inc - Winamp is a media player for Windows-based PCs and Android devices, written by Nullsoft, now a subsidiary of AOL. It is proprietary freeware/shareware, multi-format, extensible with plug-ins and skins, and is noted for i
Program URL: www.winamp.com/
Program help URL: forums.winamp.com
Install path: C:\Program Files\winamp
Size: 29.35 MB
CCleaner by Piriform - CCleaner developed by Piriform, is a utility program used to clean potentially unwanted files and invalid Windows Registry entries from a computer. CCleaner supports the cleaning of temporary or potentially unwanted file
Program URL: www.piriform.com/ccleaner
Program help URL: www.piriform.com/support
Install path: C:\Program Files\CCleaner
Size: 5.07 MB
MAGIX music cleaning lab 2004 deLuxe by MAGIX AG
Program URL: www.magix.com/us/audio-cleaning-lab/
Install path: C:\magix\mclab2004_dlx
Apple Software Update by Apple Inc. - With a Windows PC, you can use Apple Software Update for Windows to keep your Apple software up-to-date via the Internet. Apple software includes Safari, iTunes for Windows, Bonjour for Windows, and QuickTime for Windows
Program URL: www.apple.com/softwareupdate/
Program help URL: www.apple.com/support/
Install path: C:\Program Files\Apple Software Update\
Size: 2.32 MB
Radeon RAMDisk by Dataram, Inc.
Program URL: www.radeonmemory.com/software_4.0.php
Program help URL: www.radeonramdisk.com/support
Install path: C:\Program Files\Radeon RAMDisk\
Size: 7.53 MB
Amazon MP3 Downloader 1.0.15 by Amazon Services LLC
Program URL: www.amazonmp3.com/
Install path: C:\Program Files\amazon\mp3 downloader
Size: 4.62 MB
SmartFTP Client by SmartSoft Ltd - SmartFTP is an FTP/FTPS/SFTP/WebDAV/Amazon S3/Rapidshare client for Windows, developed by SmartSoft Ltd. Features include SSL/TLS, IPv6 and FXP support, a backup tool, a transfer queue, proxy and firewall support, multip
Program URL: www.smartftp.com
Program help URL: www.smartftp.com/support
Install path: C:\Program Files\SmartFTP Client\
Size: 40.63 MB
Safari by Apple Inc. - Safari is a web browser developed by Apple Inc. It is based on the WebKit engine, which is a fork of KDE's KHTML engine. Safari has a number of features. Some are specific to certain operating systems or platforms.
Program URL: www.apple.com/safari/
Program help URL: www.apple.com/support/
Install path: C:\Program Files\Safari\
Size: 40.33 MB
WinZip 15.0 by WinZip Computing, S.L. - WinZip 15 implemented new performance architecture for high-speed zipping, interface improvements with refined menu designs and more intuitive icons, new desktop ZIP/UNZIP gadget with drag-and-drop functionality. WinZip
Program URL: www.winzip.com/wzgate.cgi?lang=ES&url=www.winzip.com
Program help URL: www.winzip.com/wzgate.cgi?lang=EN&url=www.winzip.com/contact.htm
Install path: C:\Program Files\WinZip\
Size: 32.46 MB
Deluxe Edition by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
Program URL: www.britannica.com
Program help URL: support.britannica.com
Install path: C:\Program Files\Britannica 9.0
Microsoft Flight by Microsoft Game Studios - Microsoft Flight is an aviation game from Microsoft Studios created as a successor to the discontinued Microsoft Flight Simulator series. light features new aircraft, scenery and terrain, a revamped weather engine, and n
Program URL: www.microsoft.com/games/
Program help URL: support.steampowered.com/
Install path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight\
Size: 17.58 MB
Java 7 Update 25 by Oracle Corporation
Program URL: java.com
Install path: C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\
Size: 785.85 KB
adsl TV by adsl TV / FM
Program URL: www.adsltv.org
Install path: C:\Program Files\adslTV
Size: 40.5 MB
Evernote v. 4.6.4 by Evernote Corp. - Evernote is a suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving. A "note" can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten &qu
Program URL: www.evernote.com
Install path: C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Apps\Evernote\Evernote\

What else is related?

iTunes Stability

ituneshelper.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
1.  
Error: Stopped working (BEX)
Crashing module: msvcr80.dll (still researching...)
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.131072)
Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows Vista (TM) Business (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Enterprise (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
Version: 11.0.1.12
Size: 148.97 KB
Original file name: iTunesHelper.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Apple Inc.
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Expiration date: 6/25/2013

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0008435543%
Privileged CPU: 0.0005314644%
User CPU: 0.00031208994047%
Privileged CPU time: 157226.76 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 13 ms
CPU cycle count: 406,881,852
CPU cycle count /min: 5,280,563
Context switches /sec: 2
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 110.26 MB
Peak committed memory: 115.44 MB
Paged memory: 4.81 MB
Peak paged memory: 5.06 MB
Paged system memory: 190.07 KB
Non-paged system memory: 17.25 KB
Working set memory: 7.08 MB
Peak working set memory: 11.87 MB
Min working set memory: 6.38 MB
Private memory: 4.81 MB
Page faults: 12,490
Page faults /min: 14
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 206
Read operations /min: 2
Total read transfer: 46.63 KB
Read transfer /min: 109 Bytes
Total write operations: 5
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 1.35 KB
Write transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total other operations: 1,871
Other operations /min: 4
Total other transfer: 34.64 KB
Other Transfer /min: 42 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 10
Peak GDI objects: 11
USER objects: 10
Peak USER objects: 10
Resources
Handle count average: 250
Thread count average: 10
Thread resource averages
rpcrt4.dll
ntdll.dll
wow64.dll
msvcr80.dll
wow64.dll
wow64.dll
ntdll.dll
msvcr80.dll
wow64.dll
wow64.dll
wow64win.dll

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Processes
Child Process
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
"C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
"C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
"C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
"C:\iTunesHelper.exe"

Startup files (all users) run details

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

Network connectivity

UDP: LISTENING on port 57769
TCP: localhost on port 49163
UDP: LISTENING on port 54755
TCP: localhost on port 49160
UDP: LISTENING on port 50940
TCP: localhost on port 61224
UDP: LISTENING on port 49162
TCP: localhost on port 49161
UDP: LISTENING on port 49158
TCP: localhost on port 49298
UDP: LISTENING on port 50412
TCP: localhost on port 49177

Image hashes

MD5: e4401cf27225c1d6e664e86195978562
SHA-1: 8fc832896fb5c3dbab9fa73e720a894ce5e66531
SHA-256: f572a2757c2a649e25f52f7071e6a2ccf298c60a8f2b15a0e2d800f890c4fd93

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
kernel32.dll
shlwapi.dll
user32.dll
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