Is ituneshelper.exe safe or is this malware?

Purpose of ituneshelper.exe:

ituneshelper.exe file purpose and description:

Ituneshelper.exe is a file that you most likely installed yourself on your computer. The exact disk location is also shown below to verfiy it is not spyware, as many spyware programs use similiar names and just locate them elsewhere on your hard drive. Always check the proper disk location of your programs if you are suspicious. This ituneshelper.exe file is installed with ITunes and it is from Apple, and is used when playing MP3 files or AAC audio files. This file will speed up your itunes experience, as it runs when you boot your pc, however it is not required to run at startup. Ituneshelper.exe will appear in your startup list but is not required to be there, and will not hurt anything by removing it from your system startup. Itunes is free software that you use to copy music back and forth from your ipod, or to purchase new music. This file is not considered to be spyware or adware. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)

File type:
This is an executable program

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
This file is found at C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe but may be elsewhere if you have installed it in a different folder then the default.

General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, ituneshelper.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of ituneshelper.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!