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What is aol.exe?

Part of America Online by America Online

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 America Online
AOL® 9.0VR works with either a broadband or dial-up connection, helping you enjoy a safer, all-inclusive Internet experience -- putting your email, instant messaging and Web browsing all in one place. It is compatible with the Windows® Vista®, XP, 2000, ME or 98SE operating systems.
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How is aol.exe loaded?

Shell open command - aol.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of mailto with and identifier of C:\Program Files1\AMERIC~1.0\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 0.5% of all Boost users have the aol.exe file.Of the 0.5% of aol.exe users, 11.1% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\america online 9.0\aol.exe

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows XP Home Edition (5.1.2600.131072)
Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)

About America Online, 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: America Online, Inc. (verified)
Name: America Online
Description: America Online
Version: 9.00.001
Size: 37.11 KB

Digital certificate

Issued to: America Online
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Expiration date: 10/24/2004

Shell open command details

Name: mailto
Command: C:\Program Files1\AMERIC~1.0\aol.exe -u"%1"

Image hashes

MD5: 7cb4b52a605bdfee027bd191baf1f339
SHA-1: 7fd4ef76adab31944feb2874fe5a180c529d9273
SHA-256: ebac16096f7a43a63cd867dcd3ce4b093ca421ec206c5fb0bc65e4d5c4593a29

PE image details

File entropy: 5.71177
File packed: No
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