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What is aol.exe?

Part of AOL by AOL LLC.

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 LLC.
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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\AOL9~1.5\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.
Startup files (user) run - aol.exe is registered with the run identifier 'AOL Fast Start' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\AOL 9.0\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.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the aol.exe file.Of the 0.1% of aol.exe users, 12.0% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\aol 9.5\aol.exe

Are there other versions of AOL?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)

About AOL, LLC.

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, LLC. (verified)
Name: AOL
Description: AOL Software
Version: 9.05.001
Size: 49.55 KB
Original file name: aol.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: AOL LLC
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 7/21/2009
Expiration date: 7/24/2012

Shell open command details

Name: mailto
Command: C:\Program Files1\AOL9~1.5\aol.exe -u"%1"

Startup files (user) run details

Name: AOL Fast Start
Command: "C:\Program Files\AOL 9.0\AOL.EXE" -b

Image hashes

MD5: a5c620fbe936436bbe54ed5253cd8fc3
SHA-1: 0356a9b6bcec8aa36dcd79d93d34783319cb3811
SHA-256: e03971e5f0543b9a4d04f36b040a41bff0c90aa3bb8036fd0c1bdf0955cd5e17

PE image details

File packed: No
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