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Is shellmon.exe safe?

Shellmon.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if shellmon.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Shellmon.exe file information

The process known as setupdb or waolmon belongs to software America Online or AOL or waol or Rocket Mania Deluxe or UnInstall Envy24 Family Audio or Adobe Integrated Runtime or Roxio Easy Media Creator (version 8) by America Online (www.aol.com) or AOL (www.aol.com).

Description: Shellmon.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. shellmon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder - e.g. C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0\. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 54,872 bytes (39% of all occurrences), 38,512 bytes and 15 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/shellmon.exe.html 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. Shellmon.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. There is no information about the author of the file. Shellmon.exe is able to monitor applications and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If problems with America Online come up, you can uninstall it from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs", visit the www.aol.com support page or check if there is a newer version available.

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If shellmon.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 27% dangerous. The file size is 38,512 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 54,832 bytes, 54,568 bytes, 54,632 bytes or 54,872 bytes. The program is not visible. Shellmon.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. Shellmon.exe is not a Windows system file. There is no file information. Shellmon.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications.

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

shellmon.exe is an application from AOL which belongs to the Eolithic Task. It is installed with AOL version 8 and later. This program is a non-essential process, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.
part of AOL
  DC the MCSE  
If infected can create havok by opening webpages on its own.
  Casey McCune  
emerges or pops up in rectangle about once every 12 startups with HP product
It always opens on my computer and I can't get rid of it.
  Sara Villaro  
All I know is when I turned my computer off the other night, there was absolutely no sign of any program running, but before windows would shut down it said "ending program shellmon" then after it ended that, my computer shut down as I wanted it to. So I don't know if that's a bad thing or not? Can anyone tell me?
  Young Ma  
when my computer is slow loading sites, it is the culprit
When I go to shut down, it says ending shellmon.exe?
shellmon.exe Can be shutoff if you first turnoff the aolware.exe process, then shutoff shellmon.exe process. Otherwise shellmon will keep returning to the process list immediately even if you try to shut off the entire process tree.
  ca Collister  
not much except it is denied when you call aol
AOL Desktop seems to run better without it IMHO. Either remove it in safe mode or rename the file and kill it in task manager.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of shellmon.exe: based on 9 votes with 12 user comments.
One user thinks shellmon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. One user thinks shellmon.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade shellmon.exe ("not sure about it").

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