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What is aim.exe?

Part of AOL Instant Messenger by AOL LLC

What is it?

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. AOL Instant Messenger's installation process automatically installs an extra URI scheme handler into some web browsers, so URIs beginning "aim:" can open a new AIM window with specified parameters.
Description of aim.exe from AOL LLC
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.

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 0.4% of all Boost users have the aim.exe process running.Of the 0.4% of aim.exe users, 14.3% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is aim.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00003% CPU338.7%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
44.81 MB RAM208.1%
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.
172 GDI objects114.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
358 context switches/sec358.0%
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?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6001.65536)


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File details

File name: aim.exe
Publisher: AOL LLC (verified)
Name: AOL Instant Messenger
Description: AOL Instant Messenger
Size: 3.47 MB
Original file name: aim.exe

Digital certificate

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

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0001381636%
Privileged CPU: 0.0001042902%
User CPU: 0.00003387344959%
Privileged CPU time: 28687.5 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 3 ms
Context switches /sec: 358
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 150.64 MB
Peak committed memory: 160.66 MB
Paged memory: 44.81 MB
Peak paged memory: 46.39 MB
Paged system memory: 200.78 KB
Non-paged system memory: 13.62 KB
Working set memory: 33.95 MB
Peak working set memory: 48.83 MB
Min working set memory: 23.33 MB
Private memory: 44.81 MB
Page faults: 230,444
Page faults /min: 23
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 1,002
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 8.21 MB
Read transfer /min: 862 Bytes
Total write operations: 549
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 305.01 KB
Write transfer /min: 31 Bytes
Total other operations: 185,942
Other operations /min: 19
Total other transfer: 3.37 MB
Other Transfer /min: 353 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 172
USER objects: 94
Handle count average: 496
Thread count average: 17
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
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

TCP: bos-m005b-rdr2.blue.aol.com on port 1099
UDP: LISTENING on port 1105

Image hashes

MD5: f42fd47dcdc32b625df8a9a120249fe4
SHA-1: 751e207ce19c5addd956091ba0cac2b84f65b8fa
SHA-256: 0e94ca8379be0eb2c6c4c8de066b68abd7c626f5b12083a1d70b6506a46f0f07

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++ 9.0
File packed: No
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