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What’s APSDaemon.exe (Apple Push)? Is it safe or a virus?

APSDaemon.exe is a background process that is part of the Apple Push Notification Service (APNS).

This service allows Apple devices, such as iPhones and iPads, to receive notifications from apps and services even when they are not actively being used. APSDaemon.exe helps to manage the communications between Apple's servers and the user's device, ensuring that notifications are delivered in a timely and efficient manner.

Apple's push notifications were recently in the news because it was reported that these messages could be obtained through legal channels like courts, or possibly law enforcement. This is a problem because if you had an encrypted messenger, it wouldn't give you the amount of protection you might expect because if the messages were sent over Apple's notifications system, then the messages could be easily obtained anyway.

One work around might be to not send the message text through the notification, or just turn off notifications.

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Who makes APSDaemon.exe (Apple Push)?

We’ve found Apple Inc. should be the publisher of APSDaemon.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: February 15, 2024

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