What is aoltpspd.exe?

The genuine aoltpspd.exe file is a software component of AOL Desktop by AOL.
Aoltpspd.exe is an executable file that belongs to AOL TopSpeed, a Web acceleration service used to speed up the Web browsing experience for AOL users. This software is installed with any version of AOL Desktop. 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.

AOLTpSpd stands for AOL TopSpeed

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 aoltpspd.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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Aoltpspd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with aoltpspd
Aoltpspd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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

Description: Aoltpspd.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Aoltpspd.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files"—common is C:\Program Files\common files\aol\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 46,768 bytes (74% of all occurrences), 487,518 bytes or 492,752 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The aoltpspd.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Aoltpspd.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer AOL provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ AOL TopSpeed or AOL Uninstaller).

Recommended: Identify aoltpspd.exe related errors

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

If you disable this from msconfig, aol's web browser will not work. this is interlinked with the other one just like it. AOL basically says ... disable this and die... we own you ... have a nice day. basically, aol takes over and ruins your system resources like usual.
It was given to me when openingaol, says it may be a firewall
  Lora Heckman  
It really is not dangerous as spyware goes. But once you add aol software this must run or you will not be able to run thier browser. There should be some type of internet law written in such that companies like AOL NORTON and many more can not make you run 7 different programs all of the time for 1 Gald Dand software. Or I could just not add it in the first place. 1 Above neutral for the headache
its a secret aol keylogger beware must be deleted
This not a needed or required to run AOL, nor does it hinder the ability to browse, much easier then suggested earlier to shut down, go to keyword: browser settings and uncheck the box
I can't end the process of this file! Every time I try to, it pops right back on the list, on my Windows Task Manager! Any info will help, as I do not have anything on my system relating to AOL!
it's aol top speed, it's not malware (but it's ap;_
I know when you uninstall aol software, it stays behind... can't kill it! lol
It is a way for dial up users to open web pages more quickly on AOL by lowering picture quality. If you have hi speed, kw browser settings to disable as listed above.
When I'm not on the internet this program is sending information out on my broadband connection. I don't know what is being sent. Using Sysinternals or Windows Taskmanager, I can't delet it.
all aol software is dangerous and should not be run
aol IS malware!! a computer touched by this worthless garbage must be thoroughly decontaminated like the worste spyware infection. I have battled to keep this manace at bay for years and loath it as an enemy to all computing.
any non-os file that self-initializes, doesn't provide a means for uninstalling, and prevents you from stopping it from running is unwanted. Its dangerous in that, if you install it, you will spend way too much time trying to get rid of it.
You can stop the process from starting by disabling it in XP Services under Admin tools in control panel
I deleted "aoltpspd.exe" by first finding the file and hitting delete. I then left the "yes/no pop-up box" up that asks if you want to delete the file. I Opened "Task Manager" and I went to the "Processes" tab. I clicked on "aoltpspd.exe" and the "end process" button, then I quickly clicked "yes" on the pop-up box from step one. You'll have to hit that "yes" quickly or "aoltpspd.exe" will start up again and you'll have to go back to step one.
also had problems getting rid of it, but it didn't disturb perfromance
thanks Martin I disabled the file that route.
it is simply the Netscape ISP Dialer. if you use any walmart connect or its new netscape connect you get this as part of the install process,youll also see it in error reportings exclusion list

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of aoltpspd.exe: based on 15 votes with 18 user comments. 2 users think aoltpspd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users think aoltpspd.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade aoltpspd.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving aoltpspd issues

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