What is PortAOL.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 PortAOL.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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PortAOL.exe file information

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

The process known as Port Magic Application belongs to software Pure Networks Port Magic by Pure Networks (

Description: PortAOL.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. PortAOL.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (normally C:\Program Files\PURENE~1\PORTMA~1\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 99,480 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. PortAOL.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 1% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with PortAOL.exe, you may also uninstall Pure Networks Port Magic software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PortAOL.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PortAOL.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

More of an annoyance than anything else
  Steve   (further information)
Annoying because of dialog boxes, asking permission to reconfigure your router.
  Chris   (further information)
PortAOL.exe is a process belonging to Port Magic from Pure Networks. It is an application that comes with AOL used to configure and optimize internet settings and speed. This is a non-essential process. Disabling or enabling this is down to user preference.
uses lots of system resources and there are two exact
Web pages pop up but nothing inside

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Summary: Average user rating of PortAOL.exe: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. 4 users think PortAOL.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving PortAOL issues

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