What is AML.exe?

The genuine AML.exe file is a software component of Sony VAIO Launcher by Sony.
AML.exe is an executable file that belongs to the VAIO AV Mode Launcher, an on-screen dock and toolbar which provides shortcuts to certain pre-installed programs including Windows Media Center and Internet Explorer. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Sony's VAIO (Visual Audio Intelligent Organizer) brand of personal computers first made its debut in 1996. Currently the brand produces notebooks, subnotebooks, desktops and media centers. Sony started off at the beginning of World War 2 as an electronics shop in Tokyo. Owned by Masaru Ibuka, it took up space in a department store and began operations with only $530 in capital and eight employees. Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation), as it was originally called, built Japan's first Tape recorder, the Type-G. In 1958, the company changed its name to Sony. Today, the Sony corporation is among the world's largest companies which operates under four segments - Electronics, Motion pictures, Music and Financial Services.

AML stands for VAIO AV Mode Launcher

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 AML.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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AML.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AML
AML.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Acer Configuration Manager for Androidâ„¢ launch or AML belongs to software VAIO Launcher or AndroidInstaller by Sony ( or Insyde Software.

Description: AML.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. AML.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,097,728 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 1,101,824 bytes, 508,992 bytes or 901,120 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. The AML.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. AML.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AML.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AML.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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Best practices for resolving AML issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AML. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the AML.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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