What is AOLSP Scheduler.exe?

The genuine AOLSP Scheduler.exe file is a software component of AOL Desktop by AOL.
AOLSP Scheduler.exe is an executable file that belongs to AOL Spyware Protection, an anti-spyware module that is 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 Spyware Protection has been defunct since 2011 and should be replaced with a more up to date anti-spyware product. 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.

AOLSP Scheduler stands for AOL Spyware Protection Scheduler

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 AOLSP Scheduler.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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AOLSP Scheduler.exe file information

The process known as SSC AntiSpyware Support belongs to software AOL Uninstaller or AOL Spyware Protection or AOL Safety and Security Center by America Online ( or AOL (

Description: AOLSP Scheduler.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AOLSP Scheduler.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,536 bytes (83% of all occurrences), 79,448 bytes, 78,960 bytes or 8,784 bytes. 
The AOLSP Scheduler.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. It is a file with no information about its developer. AOLSP Scheduler.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with AOL Spyware Protection or AOL Uninstaller occur, you can also do the following:
  1) completely remove it (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) turn to the software developer, AOL, for advice
  3) search for an update on the vendor’s website.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AOLSP Scheduler.exe. Therefore, you should check the AOLSP Scheduler.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

This file is not a virus and is a spyware scanner. It can be useful but can slow down your computer. It can be disabled by going to start then run then type in 'msconfig' and click on startup programs then unclick the box next to AOLSP Sheduler.
Uninstall by using control panel, add/remove programs, "AOL Uninstaller (Choose which products to remove)" it will ask to search for all installed AOL programs, this may take a while. then when that's done tick AOL Spyware Protection 2.0 and click uninstall. then you will be asked to restart the computer
It totally made my computer unbootable. If this was aol that caused it it's pretty rude. AOL is the only service I have used since the mid 70's and this is really an inconvience. I don't know how I am going to get it fixed being on a fixed income doesn't help things. We trusted AOL but that's the last time.
Maybe it isn't entirely harmless. I'm the one who used Unlocker to remove it, and my computer sure runs smoother and faster now. Oh, I also removed the AOL Registry entry with Easy Cleaner 2.0 by ToniArts, it's a freebie, too.
AOLSP scheduler was the only AOL file I couldn't easily remove. I did finally delete it using the freeware Unlocker. Unlocker said it couldn't find handle but asked what do I want to do? I selected Remove On Next Reboot. Restarted Windows and it was gone. Yay!
part of AOL install, obviously
The .exe file can be found by going to task manager, right clicking on the process and go to the file location. However, when you attempt to delete it, it says you don't have the privilidges to do so. I really don't need it on my computer and it takes up 50% of my CPU. Is extremely annoying!
AOLSP Scheduler has caused my PC more problems than it is worth. Every time I try to download something it continues to run even after I close it. My personal opinion is that the program is an attempt to hijack peoples personal information from their computer and place it on theirs to do what they will with it. I have had identity theft more than once since installing this program and I feel that the "scheduler" is more a problem than a solution.
  Brian M. Riggans  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of AOLSP Scheduler.exe: based on 25 votes with 9 reviews. 6 users think AOLSP Scheduler.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 4 users think AOLSP Scheduler.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade AOLSP Scheduler.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving AOLSP Scheduler issues

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