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What is aim.exe?

Part of AOL Instant Messenger by AOL

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How does aim.exe run?

Process - aim.exe is an instance of a running program. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. aim.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does aim.exe start?

Startup files (user) run - aim.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Aim' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe" /d locale=en-US' 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.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the aim.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of aim.exe users, 25.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is aim.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00001% CPU112.1%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
16.51 MB RAM76.7%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 2 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
83 GDI objects55.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\aim7\aim.exe

Are there other versions of AOL Instant Messenger?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)

About AOL Inc.

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File details

File name: aim.exe
Publisher: AOL Inc. (verified)
Name: AOL Instant Messenger
Description: AOL Instant Messenger
Size: 4.12 MB
Original file name: aim.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: AOL Inc.
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 12/10/2009
Expiration date: 7/25/2012

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000156629%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000044546%
User CPU: 0.00001120828232%
Privileged CPU time: 124.8 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 930,677,605
CPU cycle count /min: 20,929
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 129.81 MB
Peak committed memory: 136.06 MB
Paged memory: 16.51 MB
Peak paged memory: 16.71 MB
Paged system memory: 214.55 KB
Non-paged system memory: 20.06 KB
Working set memory: 8.56 MB
Peak working set memory: 21.47 MB
Min working set memory: 5.77 MB
Private memory: 16.51 MB
Page faults: 14,029
Page faults /min: 1
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 106
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 276.62 KB
Read transfer /min: 6 Bytes
Total write operations: 6
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 7.21 KB
Write transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total other operations: 1,597
Other operations /min: 1
Total other transfer: 574.56 KB
Other Transfer /min: 13 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 83
Peak GDI objects: 86
USER objects: 35
Peak USER objects: 40
Handle count average: 208
Thread count average: 6
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe" /d locale=en-US

Startup files (user) run details

Name: Aim
Command: "C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe" /d locale=en-US

Network connectivity

Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: 4d930cdc41c3fe9ee3913f0348a75024
SHA-1: 2dd24fda6cae1efa9379f3aab0e13474fc0314fc
SHA-256: 1323996302d2cfcf6db82502564f1897b52725f88bc70cfc0128fdae98bdc3f4

PE image details

File packed: No
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