What is aolload.exe?

The genuine aolload.exe file is a software component of AOL Desktop by AOL.
Aolload.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 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.

AOlLoad stands for America Online Loader

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 aolload.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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Aolload.exe file information

The process known as AOL Loader or America Online belongs to software AOL Loader or AOL Uninstaller or Outerinfo by AOL ( or America Online (

Description: Aolload.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Aolload.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 10,800 bytes (96% of all occurrences) or 11,352 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > AOL Uninstaller or AOL Deinstallation).

Recommended: Identify aolload.exe related errors

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

All I know is that is takes up 40+ % of my CPU power...its ridiculous. What exactly does this thing do? Is it essential? Is it part of AIM6? What happens if I kill it forever? Can I kill it forever? It keeps coming back..
ICQ7 Anwendung
das ist eine Datei von ICQ, ist jedenfalls aus dem Verzeichnis
aolload.exe is part of AOL Loader developed by America Online. It is AOL TalkBack Diagnostics. Task which will sometimes appear on the Tasks tab of TUT if you run the AOL software or if you use the AOL Instant Messenger, AIM. The role of this task is to send back to AOL diagnostic information if your AOL software crashes. CPU eater, sometimes takes 70% to 100% of the CPU.
aolload.exe may be related to aolsoftware.exe which eats hard drive resources up to 70%. It has to be a bot or malware. just keep shutting it down in task manager end process
  frustrated hate AOL user  

Summary: Average user rating of aolload.exe: based on 5 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think aolload.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user thinks aolload.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving aolload issues

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