What is aoltsmon.exe?

The genuine aoltsmon.exe file is a software component of AOL Desktop by AOL.
Aoltsmon.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.

AOLTSMon stands for AOL TopSpeed Monitor

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 aoltsmon.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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Aoltsmon.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with aoltsmon
Aoltsmon.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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

Description: Aoltsmon.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Aoltsmon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\TopSpeed\2.0\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 100,016 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is a Verisign signed file. The aoltsmon.exe file is digitally signed. Aoltsmon.exe is not a Windows core file. Aoltsmon.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with aoltsmon.exe, you could also uninstall the software AOL Uninstaller using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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

Something that came with a recent AOL 9.0 build of AOL. It's harmless but im not sure exactly what it does.
  DC the MCSE  
It is running in my processes and taking up 50% of my cpu's ability. It didn't used to do this and I wonder if I need it running. It doesn't show up in the registry editor.... dunno
aoltsmon.exe is a process associated with AOL TopSpeed from America Online. AOL TopSpeed is a software that increases the download speed for your standard 56.6K dial-up connection..
  SDBear   (further information)
discovered a way to get rid of the aoltsmon.exe
  jose y. capuras  
is this file safe to allow access
  Raymond A. Parker  
It takes up 50% of my CPU time and also uses up to 90% of my page file AND RAM
it's associated with aol's top speed
HIgh CPU usage, even when AOL isn't running. As an AOL user you should in general leave this task alone. If you are an advanced user and do not use AOL’s own browser but use, instead, a browser like Mozilla or FireFox which both have inbuilt web acceleration caching of the type used by AOL TopSpeed technology, then you can disable this service.
Took up all available CPU resources to run. Just awful.
Worthless waste of system resources following an uninstall of the AOL software. Other example of AOL programmers' incompetance/arrogance.
  J Sherman  
Took up 100% of cpu - want to get rid of it.
Turn off: Start / run / msconfig / services Un-check the box
It along with all other aol programs suck. They hog up your system resources and they are near impossible to get rid of. I've done a complete wipe of my hard drive and reinstalled everything except things that have to do with aol but its still on my pc. AOL MUST DIE!!!!!
Resource HOG! Pegged my dad's pc to 100%
Never stops running - Just restarts process
Aoltsmon uses 96 to 100 percent of my Win XP cpu cycles. What junk. It makes my computer worthless since it slows everything else to a crawl. At times, this means 1 keypress acknowledged per minute.
  Efrain Colongallardo  
It uses up 100% CPU usage and slows your computer down. In my case, I suggest removal if it is messing up your compter.
I was able to kill it by turning off all aol stuff. Then I right clicked this program on the task manager and closed it. Had to close the "tree" several times before it stopped.
legitimate waste of time and resources
The TopSpeed / AOL Web Graphics Compression feature on AOL 9.0 VR and AOL 9.1 is always on. It cannot be turned off or uninstalled, the client will not function properly without it.
Type in keyword - How to turn off top speed Click on search link that comes up how to use top speed
  Larry   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of aoltsmon.exe: based on 15 votes with 21 user comments. 3 users think aoltsmon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 2 users think aoltsmon.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade aoltsmon.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving aoltsmon issues

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