What is Distnoted.exe? How to Remove or Fix Distnoted.exe

Distnoted.exe is an executable program file that is developed by Apple Inc. It is part of the ‘Apple Application Support 32-bit’ program. This program is part of the Apple iTunes program. Sometimes, the distnoted.exe file gets malware-infected.

What is Apple Application Support (32-bit)?

Apple Application Support (32-bit) is a program that is installed automatically when you install Apple’s iTunes software on Windows computers.

When you install Apple iTunes on Microsoft windows computers or laptops, the following five components are automatically installed; Apple Application Support (32-bit), Apple Application Support (64-bit), Bonjour, Apple Software Update, and Apple Mobile Device Support. Apple iTunes also installs the three services; Bonjour Service, Apple Mobile Device Service, and iPod Service on your computer or laptop.

Common Distnoted.exe Error Messages

Some of the most common distnoted.exe errors are listed below.

  • “distnoted.exe is not running.”
  • “distnoted.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”
  • “Faulting Application Path: distnoted.exe.”
  • “distnoted.exe Application Error.”
  • “distnoted.exe not found.”
  • “Cannot find distnoted.exe.”
  • “distnoted.exe failed.”
  • “distnoted.exe is not a valid Win32 application.”
  • “Error starting program: distnoted.exe.”

Apple Application Support (32-bit) program is located normally in the C:Program FilesCommon FilesAppleApple Application Support folder. The Publisher of this program is Apple Inc. Apple Application Support (32-bit) software program is usually about 32.88 MB in size.

Is Distnoted.exe Safe or a Virus?

Whether the Distnoted.exe executable file is safe or a virus can be determined only after checking the file size, publisher name, source folder, etc. If the Distnoted.exe file details match with the details given in the previous paragraph, the file is normally a safe file. Still, it is advisable to confirm if the file is safe or malware-infected.

This can be done by different methods as described below.

1. Using an Antivirus Program

One method to confirm the existence of malware is by using an antivirus program. The procedure is explained below.

  • Download and install an antivirus program, if not done earlier.
  • Click on the antivirus program name from the list of the programs. Alternatively, click on the shortcut of the antivirus program.
  • Click on “Scan for Virus” or other similar menu options. (This may vary across different antivirus programs.)
  • Wait for the scanning process to be completed.
  • Check if Distnoted.exe is listed in the list of malware-infected files or not.

2. By Clean Booting

Clean Booting the computer or laptop is another method to confirm the malware presence. Clean booting is done as explained below.

  1. Press Windows and R keys simultaneously.
  2. Key in “msconfig” (without the quotes) into the box.
  3. Click on “OK”.
  4. Click on the “Services” tab.
  5. Check “Hide all Microsoft services” checkbox.
  6. Click on the “Disable all” button.
  7. If you are using Windows 7 or Windows Vista or any older versions of the Windows, proceed to step 9.
  8. Click on the “Startup” tab. Then click on the “Open Task Manager”. Any “Enabled” process should be changed to “Disabled” by clicking on the process name and then clicking on the “Disable” button. Before you disable the process, take note of the process name. Repeat this for all the “Enabled” processes. Close the window and click the “Apply” button and then on the “OK” button.
  9. Windows Vista or Windows 7 users need to click on the “General” tab followed by “Selective startup”. Uncheck the checkbox “Load startup items”. Close the window and click on the “Apply” and “OK” buttons.
  10. Restart your computer or laptop.
  11. Check if the malware issue exists or not. Malware will not be bothering you now. But, it may be still residing as part of any executable files, which is not loaded now in the clean booting state. You need to remove the malware by any of the methods, explained in the following paragraphs.

How to Delete or Fix Distnoted.exe?

Generally, it is not advisable to delete any executable file, as there may be other dependent files for an executable file. Distnoted.exe is not an exception. If you need to delete an executable file, it is advisable to uninstall the program to which the file belongs to. This removes the executable file and its dependent files if any.

1. Uninstall Apple Application Support (32-bit)

What is Distnoted.exe? Is it Safe or a Virus? How to Remove or Fix it?

You may uninstall the Apple Application Support (32-bit) program to fix the malware issue. Apple Application Support (32-bit) alone should not be uninstalled. The following six programs need to be uninstalled in the same order. After each program is uninstalled, restart the computer or laptop.

iTunes, Apple Software Update, Apple Mobile Device Support, Bonjour, Apple Application Support 32-bit and Apple Application Support 64-bit. On some Windows systems, there may be two versions of iTunes or Apple Application Support programs. In such cases, uninstall all versions.

To uninstall any program on Windows computers or laptops, do the following.

  • Type “Add or remove programs” in the search box inside the taskbar.
  • Select “Add or remove programs”.
  • Click on the program name on the right side, which you want to be uninstalled.
  • Click on “Uninstall” below the program name.
  • Again, click on “Uninstall” to confirm.
  • Follow the prompts to complete the uninstallation.

Check if the malware issue is fixed or not.

2. Antivirus Program

You can use any antivirus software program to remove or fix the malware issues. This can be done as explained below.

  • Follow the instructions given under the sub-heading “Using an Antivirus Program” in this article.
  • Follow the prompts to fix the malware issues.
  • Check if the malware issue is fixed or not.

3. Fixing the Malware Issue by Clean Booting

Clean booting the computer or laptop helps the machine to boot without the malware issues. You can then remove the malware issue. This is to be done as follows.

  1. Follow the instructions (step 1 to step 11), under the sub-heading “By Clean Booting” in this article.
  2. Now, enable all the services and programs that were disabled by you before clean booting. Restart the computer after each service or program is “Enabled”. Check for any malware issues. If you encounter any malware issues after the service or program is enabled, update the related files with the latest ones.
  3. Repeat this process for all the services and programs that were disabled.
  4. Check if the malware issue is fixed or not.

Conclusion: Distnoted.exe file is an executable file that part of the ‘Apple Application Support 32-bit’ program, which is part of Apple iTunes. Sometimes, the Distnoted.exe file gets malware-infected on your computer or laptop.

To you need to check and confirm the presence of malware infection if you suspect unusual behavior of the computer or laptop. this can be done by using an antivirus program or by clean booting. If the malware presence is confirmed, you need to fix the issue. Malware can be removed by different methods. Uninstalling Apple Application Support (32-bit) program along with the Apple iTunes program and other dependent programs in the specified order is one fix. Using an antivirus program or by updating the malware-infected files after clean booting is another method to fix malware infection issues.

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