What is DeadAIM.ocm?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the DeadAIM.ocm 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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DeadAIM.ocm file information

The process known as DeadAIM belongs to software AOL Instant Messenger or DeadAIM by (

Description: DeadAIM.ocm is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. DeadAIM.ocm is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 144,896 bytes (71% of all occurrences), 258,106 bytes or 266,313 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. DeadAIM.ocm is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with DeadAIM.ocm, you can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of AOL Instant Messenger (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify DeadAIM.ocm related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DeadAIM.ocm, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the DeadAIM.ocm 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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Best practices for resolving DeadAIM issues

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