FIX: Windows Defender causes appleiedav.exe errors

Aleksandar Ognjanovic
by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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  • Apple's iCloud for Windows 10 works rather well, but Windows Defender is sometimes blocking appleidav.exe, the main process behind iCloud. Find the solutions in the article below.
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How to fix Windows Defender appleiedav.exe error

Apple’s iCloud for Windows 10 works rather well, even though it has its share of issues from time to time.

Nonetheless, one of the issues which emerged lately is a blockage of appleidav.exe, the main process behind iCloud, by Windows Defender‘s side.

For that purpose, we made sure to explain the reasoning behind this occurrence and provided a step-by-step solution to your problem. You should find everything below.

How do I fix appleidav.exe blocked by Windows Defender error?

What’s appleidav.exe? This is the process related to iCloud, Apple’s cloud-based online storage.

It configures and maintains uploading and backing up files. Like so many others, including OneDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox.

There are a few things we need to mention concerning this desktop extension for iCloud on Windows 10.

Firstly, back in the days, it was known for high bandwidth usage and it plagued hundreds of users.

It seems that nowadays work much better, but you can still disable it for certain syncing operations and reduce consumption.

Apple iTunes and the accompanying software for Windows is there for ages. This is one of the rare tools which goes out of the well-established ecosystem. But why would Defender block a process from a trusted source?

Well, it seems that it’s due to unauthorized access. Windows Defender will occasionally block applications that try to change system settings.

False alarms and detections are common things. With that in mind, you should do 2 things.

Firstly, confirm that the appleidav.exe truly belongs to the aforementioned tool and it’s the part of Apple’s iCloud client. After you confirm that, exclude it from Windows Defender.

Here’s how to do it in a few simple steps:

  1. Open Windows Defender from the notification area.
  2. Choose Virus & threat protection.appleiedav.exe error
  3. Select Virus & threat protection settings.appleiedav.exe error
  4. Scroll down and, under Exclusions, click Add or remove exclusions.appleiedav.exe error
  5. Select a folder from the drop-down menu and choose Apple folder.appleiedav.exe error

After that, you won’t be having any issues with Apple iCloud client or appleidav.exe. Also, don’t forget to share your experience with this peculiar occurrence in the comments section below.

FAQ: Read more about Windows Defender errors

  • Can I uninstall and reinstall Windows Defender?
You can’t really uninstall or install Windows Defender. However, you can disable or enable it. If Windows Defender doesn’t turn on, read our full guide on how to fix this problem.
  • Is Windows Defender good antivirus?
Windows Defender is a pretty good antivirus but it’s not the best free solution out there. If you’re looking for a good antivirus, check our list with the best antivirus software for Windows 10.
  • How do I turn on Windows Defender after uninstalling antivirus?
You need to set Windows Defender on automatic from Open Services.msc. If you can’t activate Windows Defender, here’s a step-by-step guide to fix that.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in May 2018 and was revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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