What is idleproc.dll?

The genuine idleproc.dll file is a software component of AOL Desktop by AOL.
Idleproc.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that belongs to AOL Desktop, an integration of a web browser, a media player and an instant messenger client. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. 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.

IdleProc stands for Idle Process

Idleproc.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if idleproc.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Idleproc.dll file information

The process known as IDLEPROC DLL belongs to software AOL or America Online or Inquisit Speech Recognition or Legacy utilities for WebPlus (version 10) or Adobe Integrated Runtime by AOL ( or America Online (

Description: Idleproc.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Idleproc.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\—normally C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 6,144 bytes (78% of all occurrences), 7,168 bytes and 6 more variants. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. Idleproc.dll is not a Windows core file. It is able to record keyboard inputs. There is no file information. Idleproc.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. idleproc.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 94% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with idleproc.dll, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramAmerica Online or SmartSound Quicktracks Plugin / Inquisit Speech Recognition, contact Customer Service [1][2] or search for an update [1][2] on the vendor’s website.

Recommended: Identify idleproc.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as idleproc.dll. Therefore, you should check the idleproc.dll 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

A recent upgrade to Xfinity's Constant Guard caused it to block this file so I couldn't sign onto AOL. An AOL tech added the file to the Blocked Program Rules and set it to 'Allow'. Problem solved.
Ran when sub-accounts are made, AOL process - no threat.
It does belong to AOL.....but nevertheless its still a keylogger
some ludicrous comments made by people who are themselves clueless. It is a parental control file as already pointed out.
  Alan Carlos  
Its a keylogger. But needed to run AOL. Stupid Aol.
  Irate AOL customer  
Aol seems to have always been one giant virus in its self. Someone said it's something to do with parental control, but I have no children and don't even have that setup on Aol.
funny ringtones
It may both be needed for AOL and slow my laptop down. So if I want to toss it, how can I as long as I use AOL. Any other good info on this??
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Summary: Average user rating of idleproc.dll: based on 36 votes with 9 reviews. 12 users think idleproc.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 9 users suspect danger. 4 users think idleproc.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. 7 users don't grade idleproc.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving idleproc issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with idleproc. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the idleproc.dll process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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