What is AOLHostManager.exe?

The genuine AOLHostManager.exe file is a software component of AOL Desktop by AOL.
AOLHostManager.exe is an executable file that belongs to the AOL Desktop, an integration of a web browser, a media player and an instant messenger client. This file is required for the proper functioning of the AIM instant messenger. 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.

AOlHostManager stands for America Online Host Manager

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 AOLHostManager.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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AOLHostManager.exe file information

The process known as AOLHostManager Service or AOLHostManager belongs to software AOL Service Libraries by America Online (

Description: AOLHostManager.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. AOLHostManager.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files"—generally C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\1113098897\EE\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 125,528 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 159,832 bytes. 
It is not a Windows core file. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The program is not visible. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You may want to uninstall the software AOL Uninstaller using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AOLHostManager.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AOLHostManager.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.


User Comments

looks like it is relatd to new latest version of aol instatn messenger, i had used zone alarm to completely block it and it has no problems, but i'd rather remove it as zone alarm keeps coming up with stupid mesages reminding me thati have blocked it and its geting on my nerves, the new version of aol isnt messenger opens up AOL EXPLORER automatically and i think its something to do with this as it wouldn't work without it enabled.
This has to do with AOL dial-up.Disabling it will affect those with dial-up connections.
AOL File
  John   (further information)
important for the proper function of AIM
xprts.dll needs installed is message
installed as part of aol desktop 9.7. disabled without any problems (win 7 64 bit and vista 32 bit computers) using dsl not dialup. not using AIM. size on disk 14,664. my rating is based on not using dialup or AIM services.

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Summary: Average user rating of AOLHostManager.exe: based on 7 votes with 6 user comments. 4 users think AOLHostManager.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving AOLHostManager issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AOLHostManager. 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 AOLHostManager.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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