What is aim6.exe?

The genuine aim6.exe file is a software component of AOL Desktop by AOL.
Aim6.exe is an executable file that belongs to AIM Messenger, a part of AOL Desktop, an integration of a web browser, a media player and an instant messenger client. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. AOL Desktop is a set of software programs developed for users of AOL products. The suite offers AOL Mail, a mail application; Triton, an instant messaging client; and AOL Explorer, a browser based on Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The program also includes a universal address book including email and Internet telephony, as well as numerous security features. America Online (AOL) is an American telecommunications company that was established in 1985 by Jim Kimsey. It was originally called Quantum Computer Services and provided online services. AOL Inc. is based in New York City and develops and invests in web sites and brands. AOL distributes digital content, markets products, and offers numerous services to consumers, publishers, and advertisers.

AIM6 stands for America Online Instant Messenger (version 6.0)

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the aim6.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Aim6.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with aim6
Aim6.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as AIM belongs to software AOL Service Libraries by AOL (

Description: Aim6.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Aim6.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 50,528 bytes (45% of all occurrences), 49,968 bytes, 50,472 bytes, 50,736 bytes or 50,480 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The aim6.exe file is not a Windows system file. The file is digitally signed. The aim6.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 12% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with aim6.exe, you can also remove the entire program AIM 6 or AIM using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify aim6.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as aim6.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the aim6.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Summary: Average user rating of aim6.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks aim6.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving aim6 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with aim6. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the aim6.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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