What is ASMonitor.exe?

The genuine ASMonitor.exe file is a software component of Active Security Monitor by America Online.
ASMonitor.exe is an executable file that is part of the AOL Active Security Monitor, a program that monitors the status of system security applications. The software analyzes and provides detailed reports of the current status of the entire machine. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. AOL 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.

ASMonitor stands for AOL Active Security 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 ASMonitor.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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ASMonitor.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ASMonitor
ASMonitor.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as System or Active Security Monitor (version belongs to software Active Security Monitor or Actual Spy by AOL ( or Actual Spy Software (

Description: ASMonitor.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The ASMonitor.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,500,096 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 666,624 bytes and 4 more variants. 
It is a file with no information about its developer. It is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. ASMonitor.exe is able to monitor applications, connect to the Internet, hide itself and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Actualspy provides update information ( You could remove the entire program Actual Spy or Active Security Monitor using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify ASMonitor.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ASMonitor.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example SPYW_KEYLOGGER or DIALER_WIN32DIAL (detected by TrendMicro), and MonitoringTool:Win32/ActualSpy (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the ASMonitor.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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Very nice key logger (Actualspy)
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Best practices for resolving ASMonitor issues

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

Other processes

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