Solution: AppleSyncNotifier.exe – “CoreFoundation.dll was not found”

AppleSyncNotifier.exe….This application has failed to start because CoreFoundation.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.

This is the frustrating startup message you may encounter if you have iTunes installed and you’re like many, many other unlucky people out there.  The suggested solution on Apple’s website is to reinstall some other related iTunes components (Apple Application Support and Apple Mobile Device Support).  Unfortunately, this hasn’t fixed the issue on any machines I’ve seen.

Instead, the foolproof solution is to uninstall MobileMe.  Odds are you don’t use it anyway, and getting rid of it fixes the years-old problem that Apple still hasn’t resolved.

By the way, while we’re on the subject of terrible Apple software, their Bonjour program/protocol is equally guilty of such problems.  Open up your Application Event Log (Start > Run > type eventvwr.msc and press ENTER) and look around.  See if you aren’t one of the very many afflicted by the errors that Bonjour inexplicably adds to the log. If you are, you’ll have a hard time missing them: there are generally many thousands of them, relentless, back-to-back.

All of this Event Log activity from Apple’s program, by the way, is nothing good for your PC’s performance or reliability.  The Event Log service is not meant to record so many duplicate errors so regularly.

Apple might make great Apple products, but I don’t think I’m alone in saying that their PC software (for one thing) is absolutely nothing special.