What does the ApplePhotoStreams.exe file do?
The ApplePhotoStreams.exe process is also known as iCloud Photo Stream or, as the case may be, iCloud Photos and is a part of iCloud for Windows or, as the case may be, iCloud Control Panel. This software is produced by Apple (www.apple.com). An obsolete or defective version of ApplePhotoStreams.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- iCloud Photo Stream has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- iCloud Photo Stream has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- ApplePhotoStreams.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module ApplePhotoStreams.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about ApplePhotoStreams.exe iCloud Photo Stream
ApplePhotoStreams.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. ApplePhotoStreams.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 61,200 bytes (27% of all these files), 67,896 bytes, 43,816 bytes, 59,720 bytes or, as the case may be, 59,280 bytes.
This file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. This file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: Run). The application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. ApplePhotoStreams.exe is capable of supervise programs. For this reason, 20% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves ApplePhotoStreams.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about ApplePhotoStreams?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall iCloud for Windows or iCloud Control Panel
To remove iCloud Photo Stream from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate iCloud for Windows or iCloud Control Panel in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if ApplePhotoStreams.exe (iCloud Photo Stream) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of iCloud Photo Stream. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for iCloud Photo Stream or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or ApplePhotoStreams.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.
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