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What is aoltray.exe?

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 aoltray.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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Aoltray.exe file information

The process known as AOL Tray Icon or AOL 6.0 Tray-Symbol belongs to software America Online or AOL by America Online (www.aol.com).

Description: Aoltray.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file aoltray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 156,784 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 36,953 bytes and 7 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/aoltray.exe.html 
The program has a visible window. It is not a Windows core file. The aoltray.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). Therefore the technical security rating is 12% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Gehört zur AOL SOFTWARE
  FloKo   (further information)
AOL-Icon in der Taskleiste - nicht zwingend notwendig
  Romy(AOL-Betatester)  
A royal PITA. Sole function is to place a toolbar shortcut to AOL and AOL Companion. A royal pain to remove - runs like a virus application.
  K.K.  

Summary: Average user rating of aoltray.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks aoltray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.


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Best practices for resolving aoltray issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with aoltray. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 aoltray.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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