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What is aoltray.exe?

Aoltray.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if aoltray.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

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 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: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). Therefore the technical security rating is 12% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

Recommended: Identify aoltray.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "America Online *.* Tray Icon" is not required to run at start up. Puts AOL icon in System Tray (*.* denotes version if present). Connect to AOL via the desktop shortcut or Start -> Programs

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.


User Comments

  FloKo   (further information)
AOL-Icon in der Taskleiste - nicht zwingend notwendig
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.

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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