What is aolwbspd.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 aolwbspd.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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Aolwbspd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with aolwbspd
Aolwbspd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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

Description: Aolwbspd.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Aolwbspd.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 454,749 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 467,032 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

when the process is ended in task manager web site connections are faster
  Roger Green  
AOL installed it
is annoying
take spyspotter off

Summary: Average user rating of aolwbspd.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks aolwbspd.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving aolwbspd issues

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