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What is aim.exe?

Part of AOL Instant Messenger by America Online

What is it?

aim.exe is the main AOL IM user interface process. AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is an instant messaging and presence program to allow registered users to communicate in real time. AOL and various other companies supply robots on AIM that can receive messages and send a response based on the bot's purpose.
Description of aim.exe from America Online
AIM is the simplest (and most fun) way to chat and share with people and groups you care about. Now with video chat, easy group conversations, message history and syncing across devices, and inline expansion of photos, videos and other media.
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How does aim.exe run?

Process - aim.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-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 -cnetwait.odl' 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.
Internet Explorer extension - aim.exe has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45}. Browser extensions allow applications to add functionality to the browser and change the user interface in a way that is not directly related to the viewable content of Web pages.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.4% of all Boost users have the aim.exe process running.Of the 0.4% of aim.exe users, 12.5% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is aim.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.05181% CPU518112.1%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          5.15 MB RAM23.9%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
     54 /min2.4%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
137 GDI objects91.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
     6 context switches/sec6.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\aim\aim.exe

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 AOL Instant Messenger.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows XP Home Edition (5.1.2600.196608)

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: aim.exe
Publisher: America Online, Inc. (verified)
Name: AOL Instant Messenger
Description: AOL Instant Messenger
Version: 5.9.6089
Size: 65.54 KB
Original file name: AIM.EXE

Digital certificate

Issued to: America Online
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 10/9/2005
Expiration date: 10/10/2006

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.1307173644%
Privileged CPU: 0.0789061541%
User CPU: 0.05181121031661%
Total CPU time: 141 ms
Total CPU time /min: 3 ms
Privileged CPU time: 335.94 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 52 ms
User CPU time: 62.5 ms
User CPU time /min: 1 ms
Context switches /sec: 6
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 60.27 MB
Peak committed memory: 62.72 MB
Paged memory: 5.15 MB
Peak paged memory: 5.38 MB
Paged system memory: 99.64 KB
Non-paged system memory: 9.3 KB
Working set memory: 9.78 MB
Peak working set memory: 12.83 MB
Min working set memory: 9.78 MB
Private memory: 5.15 MB
Page faults: 5,068
Page faults /min: 700
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 351
Read operations /min: 52
Total read transfer: 474.74 KB
Read transfer /min: 71.69 KB
Total write operations: 12
Write operations /min: 2
Total write transfer: 6.6 KB
Write transfer /min: 1022 Bytes
Total other operations: 3,248
Other operations /min: 514
Total other transfer: 14.21 MB
Other Transfer /min: 2.15 MB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 137
USER objects: 62
Handle count average: 214
Thread count average: 5
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe" -cnetwait.odl

Startup files (user) run details

Name: AIM
Command: C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe -cnetwait.odl

Internet Explorer extension details

CLSID: {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45}

Network connectivity

TCP: localhost on port 5180
Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: 92be69a36a9504edba2cab34a32b97b3
SHA-1: d66b0d75a71a4f2a9c5bc4677229d6c65b41be15
SHA-256: 1d150f88b23acdcec2f82d7f603f4f5d200a30fcb23f5fc87bd0af3d94728840

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++ 7.1
File entropy: 5.13343
File packed: No
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