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What is aol.exe?

Part of AOL by AOL

What is it?

aol.exe is the main user interface process for AOL Desktop. AOL Desktop is an internet suite produced by AOL that integrates a web browser, a media player and an instant messenger client. AOL Desktop is different from previous AOL browsers, which are still available. Its features are focused on browsing instead of email. For instance, one does not have to sign in to AOL in order to use it as a regular browser. In addition, non-AOL email accounts can be accessed through it.
Description of aol.exe from AOL
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How is aol.exe loaded?

Startup files (all users) run - aol.exe is registered with the run identifier 'StartAOL' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\AOL Desktop 9.6\AOL.EXE"' in the Windows registry HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when any Windows user logs into Windows.
Startup files (user) run - aol.exe is registered with the run identifier 'AOL Fast Start' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\AOL Desktop 9.7\AOL.EXE" -b' 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.
Shell open command - aol.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of mailto with and identifier of C:\Program Files2\AOLDES~1.6\aol.exe -u"%1". A Shell Open Command allows for an association of a file extension and a program. This association allows an application to be run when the icon or a context menu item is clicked upon in the Windows Explorer window.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the aol.exe file.Of the 0.2% of aol.exe users, 18.0% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\aol desktop 9.6\aol.exe

Are there other versions of AOL?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)

About AOL Inc.

American Online, commonly called AOL, is a global advertising-supported Web company, with display advertising network in the U.S., a substantial worldwide audie More...
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File details

File name: aol.exe
Publisher: AOL Inc. (verified)
Name: AOL
Description: AOL Software
Size: 71.05 KB
Original file name: aol.exe

Digital certificate

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

Startup files (all users) run details

Name: StartAOL
Command: "C:\Program Files\AOL Desktop 9.6\AOL.EXE"

Startup files (user) run details

Name: AOL Fast Start
Command: "C:\Program Files\AOL Desktop 9.7\AOL.EXE" -b

Shell open command details

Name: https
Command: C:\Program Files2\AOLDES~1.7\aol.exe -z"%1"

Image hashes

MD5: 898edd86faf3633865abafc837b6026a
SHA-1: 01fabd5c8726d51b212be315a4a0c87fc2056703
SHA-256: 3e4813989f6287a7c2bba97151477d29110676dec576a1df098a2260b9fda625

PE image details

File packed: No
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