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What is aro.exe?

Part of ARO 2011 by Support.com

What is it?

ARO is a PC optimization software that is typically bundled by the CNet/Download.com managed installer. Although ARO is a safe program, its installation can sometimes be overlooked if it was installed via a software bundle.
Description of aro.exe from Support.com
ARO is an advanced repair and optimization utility designed to help improve and maintain computers running the Windows operating system (both 32- and 64-bit). ARO focuses on finding errors that hide out in the Windows registry, identifying PC and web browser clutter that may be hindering PC performance and ensuring computers have adequate security solutions installed and up to date. With its advanced scanning engine, ARO provides deep scanning capabilities to identify and repair registry errors. ARO also searches for and removes "junk" files that accumulate over time and can put a damper on PC performance.
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How does aro.exe run?

Process - aro.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account.

How does aro.exe start?

Startup files (user) run - aro.exe is registered with the run identifier 'AROReminder' and the execution command 'C:\Program Files\ARO 2011\aro.exe -rem' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.
Scheduled task - aro.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name 'ARO 2011' and is triggered by the Weekly action. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the aro.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of aro.exe users, 85.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is aro.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.80854% CPU8085418.9%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
20.19 MB RAM93.7%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
          280 /min12.4%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
318 GDI objects212.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\aro 2011\aro.exe

Are there other versions of ARO 2011?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by ARO 2011.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows XP Professional (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows 8 (6.2.9200.0)

About Support.com

Support.com, Inc. is a US-based computer technology corporation that provides online tech support. Support.com provides online computer support to consumers and More...
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File details

File name: aro.exe
Publisher: Support.com (verified)
Name: ARO 2011
Description: ARO 2011
Version: 6.0.793.824
Size: 2.2 MB

Digital certificate

Issued to: Support.com
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 7/1/2010
Expiration date: 7/12/2013

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.8150230611%
Privileged CPU: 0.0064811691%
User CPU: 0.80854189200002%
Total CPU time: 1,732 ms
Total CPU time /min: 66 ms
Privileged CPU time: 1101.58 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 42 ms
User CPU time: 630.91 ms
User CPU time /min: 24 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 100.61 MB
Peak committed memory: 107.77 MB
Paged memory: 20.19 MB
Peak paged memory: 20.41 MB
Paged system memory: 152.71 KB
Non-paged system memory: 8.63 KB
Working set memory: 584 KB
Peak working set memory: 66.36 MB
Min working set memory: 580 KB
Private memory: 20.19 MB
Page faults: 25,337
Page faults /min: 972
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 338
Read operations /min: 13
Total read transfer: 15.62 MB
Read transfer /min: 613.86 KB
Total write operations: 14
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 5.46 KB
Write transfer /min: 214 Bytes
Total other operations: 7,086
Other operations /min: 272
Total other transfer: 67.05 KB
Other Transfer /min: 2.57 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 318
USER objects: 296
Handle count average: 262
Thread count average: 4

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Windows platform: 32-bit
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\ARO 2011\aro.exe"

Startup files (user) run details

Name: AROReminder
Command: C:\Program Files\ARO 2011\aro.exe -rem

Scheduled task details

Name: ARO 2011
Command: \ARO 2011

Image hashes

MD5: 659cb37944bfcca3fe6ebdfeb3bb99f4
SHA-1: da6e7e984135fe611b70353cf3402b0b2e7bed2b
SHA-256: 0e536fe2dbec5372006a0b5b56fd9fff21f4e407592e6fb10de970e6f7ce0f8f

PE image details

File entropy: 6.40551
File packed: No
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