What is AppleMobileDeviceService.exe? Is AppleMobileDeviceService.exe spyware or a virus?

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Process name: Apple iTunes for Windows Device Recognition

Product: Apple iTunes for Windows

Support: Help link   Update link [1][2]   Uninstall tool  

Company: Apple (apple.com)

File: AppleMobileDeviceService.exe


The AppleMobileDeviceService ("AMDS") process is one of twelve or more background processes installed by Apple iTunes for Windows when it is downloaded to a Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 PC. This is the process that enables iTunes to recognize and interact with an iPhone or iPod touch device when it is connected to the computer. Apple's support website (support.apple.com) provides instructions for restarting AMDS if iTunes cannot recognize a device. Apple recommends against disabling AMDS or any of the other background processes even when iTunes is not open. However, AMDS can continue running even when the Apple mobile device is not connected to the computer and its high CPU usage, as much as 50 percent, slows PC performance and can cause overheating in laptops. The Apple Mobile Device Service can be set not to start automatically through the Control Panel "Admin Tools/Services" option and only Started when the user needs to sync the device from iTunes and Stopped when finished.

The CPU consumption problem may have begun with a compatibility problem between AMDS and iTunes 10.4. There are comments on Apple support forums which recommend reverting to version 10.3.2, including a workaround to get the older iTunes to recognize libraries created in the newer one. However, iTunes has reached release level 11.4 as of September 2014, and that approach may have become invalid. Apple has released a troubleshooting document for issues with iTunes for Windows updates. If you want a detailed security rating about your AppleMobileDeviceService.exe (and all other running background processes) read the following user opinions, and download the free trial version of Security Task Manager. http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/applemobiledeviceservice.exe.html 

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Users Opinions

Average user rating of AppleMobileDeviceService.exe: based on 34 votes. Read also the 33 reviews.

  • 3452 users ask for this file. 13 users rated it as not dangerous. 11 users rated it as neutral. 5 users rated it as little bit dangerous. 5 users rated it as dangerous. 6 users didn't rate it ("don't know").

All comments about AppleMobileDeviceService.exe:
I dont have anything Apple related on my computer, this must have been installed with something else.
ipod or alike docking "sensor" - put yer musicthingy on the loadstation and this guy here helps mounting it softwarewise.... Sub
Part of iTunes software. Safe to close if you arn't using any Apple devices with iTunes, OTHERWISE, leave this open if you DO have an Apple device that works with iTunes.
Iphone Itunes interface from apple... not dangerous just an annoying mem hog George
Apple Mobile Device Service. Service installed with Apple's iTunes 7.3 onward. It enables iTunes to interact with the Apple iPhone and the Apple TV.  See also: Link roandr
Apple Mobile Device Service. Service installed with Apple's iTunes 7.3 onward. It enables iTunes to interact with the Apple iPhone and the Apple TV.  See also: Link Matthew Hall
Apple mobile device Chetty Harish
Useless trash, remove it. Mac Sucks
I deleted the file b/c overheats my computer. When i end the process in task manager, the stupid applemobiledeviceservice.exe opens itself again. Therefore, i classify it as a virus. Aaron
Since i do not have an iPH or iTV i think is not necesary for my aspire 1 felizardo
If you have an iPhone don't deactivate this service. It is needed otherwise iTunes won't synchronize your iPhone anymore and tells you that this service has been disabled. If you don't have an iPhone or iPod to synchronize you can disable it (or deinstall iTunes). ;-) Pat
AppleMobileDeviceService.exe is vital to using Apple programs like iTunes. If you don't have any Apple programs, delete the file/end the process. Adene
by me apple mobile device service uses only 476 k, you need it for itunes Deni
If you want to stop or disable it go to control panel, system, administrative tools, component services, services, and right click for properties Kakunka
It runs from a seperate service so it can't be difficult to close via task manager. It can really only be removed by deleting the service booter or the executable, also, given that apple is a trusted brand, it is a good name for virus makers to give to their files to make it seem genuine. Tom
Whether you want iTunes or not, Apple installs this bloatware on your system if you install their quicktime player  See also: Link Keith
To remove it, use task manager then resource monitor . The exe file will show up in the cpu window. left click it and select suspend (not end). Go to control panel to remove it. Without suspend it, removal the program won't work sunmoon
Set this process to 'Manual' using services.msc user
Apparently used for something, but it opens itself (the computer hasn't had an I-Anything connected in months) and keeps on demanding huge amounts of resources. Tried to delete it and apparently I "don't have permission" even with a full rights administrator account. Polaris
Very poorly coded program. Uses 25% of CPU on a 'strong' computer, up to 75% of CPU on 'weaker' or older PCs. If you don't have an IPhone, disable it in the Windows Task Manager. Of course if you do have an IPhone, then part of the 'cost' is a dramatic system impact on your Windows PC. Patrick
Its a bloody lagprocess, you cannot change priority or affinity of AMDS, as "access is denied" via normal task manager WindowsGamer
AppleMobileDeviceService consumes 50% of my PC's CPU. don't know what is it doing. Hing Wong
It is not possible to end this process in Windows Vista. No matter what I try, it will restart itself.
Its a rootkit, collecting and sending information from your computer about what you are using it for. Steve
Not a virus/trojan/adware/worm, a part of iTunes syncing with iPod software DST
next part of apple mobile
Uninstalled iTunes and it left AppleMobileDeviceService.exe behind. Always running in task manager. Really get annoyed by that. Uninstall a program and it leaves remnants behind. Found and deleted now. Thanks for the tip! Glen
1-start 2-run 3-msconfig.exe 4-services 5-apple mobile device - uncheck and apply. did the trick, i guess if i end up needing it i can just check the box again.
Do you remember being asked permission to send information to Apple on the installation of iTunes? well this is what apple do with your permission! no big deal from the security point of view, however uses CPU resources big time! By my estimation, it uses between 25 and 40% of processing power in the worst scenario. Most definitely not a virus, as it is not malware, however it does slow your system down enormously. Having said that, if you consider how powerful iTunes "the program" in fact is, this is not surprising Dr Steve Black UK
CPU hog (25%), even when no Apple device is connected. Was making my laptop overheat. Set it to Run Manual and laptop is cool Cesar
The spep by step that was given 2 up from this did not disable this worthless usage sinkhole, and though it is nothing bad, I am removing it because it slows down my entire system badly. I have disabled it in every way possible, including setting it to manual and it still auto starts every tie it is closed. Personally I feel it is wrong for a company to force a product on consumers in that way. Especially if nothing is connected to the cpu. Unhappy Ipad Owner
hogging cpu process, mostly 50%, slow down system junt0k
I have found a solution to this on Windows xp. Step 1 First go to control panel in the start menu. Step 2 Go to administrator tools then through that go on Services. A Services Window should pop up with lists of Services. Step 3 find AppleMobileDeviceService.exe then press stop

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