Memory Hogs (iTunes by Apple)

Hundreds of millions of PC’s out there still run XP. Over time, operating systems slow down. It’s a natural thing you know.  Some products are easy to uninstall. Others; well you want they provide, but the overhead they bring is irritating. Very.  In some cases, you have to do a bit of work to make the proposition attractive.


Memory hogs from Apple.  If, like me, you haven’t got a ninja PC running at umpteen squintillion nanoflops, you might be tempted to disable all those helpful, yummy bits of Apple Bloatware. I usually do the following:


in C:\Program Files..iTunes..

  • rename iTunesHelper.exe to iTunesHelper.exe.noload
  • create an empty text file named iTunesHelper.exe


in C:\Program Files..Common Files..Apple..Mobile Device Support..

  • rename AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe to AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe.noload
  • create an empty text file named AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe


in folder C:..Program Files..iPod..bin..

  • rename iPodService.exe to iPodService.exe.noload
  • create an empty text file named iPodService.exe

And not forgetting services.msc

  • launch services.msc via the Windows/Run dialog
  • change startup properties to manual or disable for the following:
  • Bonjour service – disable
  • Apple Mobile Device – disable
  • iPod Service – manual

What do these background programs from Apple do, apart from gobble up your life?


monitors for the connection of any iPod or iPhone. When detected it automatically loads iTunes.


used to synch your iDevice with iTunes.


allow programs like iTunes and the iPod Updater to communicate with your iPod or other iDevices (e.g. iPhone or iPad).

Bonjour service

used bigtime on Macs to automatically discover services on networks (computers, printers, iDevices)

Apple Mobile Device

used to sync iDevices (iPhone, iPod or iPad) with iTunes when connected to your computer.

iPod Service

allows iTunes and the iPod Updater to communicate with your iPod or other iDevices

Memory Hogs are a pain.

Of course if you’re not like me, you won’t go anywhere near the crisp, clean functioning of your beloved iTunes. Besides, you’re on Windows 10n

About Terence Park

Board games, US Comic books, SF Paperbacks, Vinyl records; I've plenty of them all. I write SF (the serious sort). I also do spreadsheets.
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