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What is waol.exe?

Waol.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 waol.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.

Waol.exe file information

The process known as America Online or AOL or AOL Software belongs to software America Online or AOL or USB Game Controller by America Online (www.aol.com) or AOL (www.aol.com).

Description: Waol.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. waol.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" - usually C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0a\. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 37,464 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 259,672 bytes and 13 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/waol.exe.html 
It is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. The waol.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The software uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. The file is a file without information about the developer of this file. Waol.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
In the event of any problems with waol.exe, you can also remove the entire program waol or AOL LLC using Windows Control Panel.

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If waol.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 34% dangerous. The file size is 37,464 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 39,208 bytes. Waol.exe is a Verisign signed file. The waol.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. Waol.exe is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible.

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

  Belial   (further information)
Its AOL. Have some respect.
  Billy Bradshaw   (further information)
its a keylogger that records your key strokes and mouse move movements
  mark hamill   (further information)
Part of AOL Startup program
  steve c  
keeps my computers from running
  Albert Hoser  
You can turn end the process in task mgr
i have no idea what it is, but it is using a lot of memory
connects to aol
it is a PUP (potentialy unwanted program) because it can record keystrokes and mouse movements
First, in the UK, AOL is now owned bt Talk-Talk. The WAOL.exe with its embrded manifest (waol.exe.manifest) and its (waol.dll) are still gobbling up resources to the extent of around 94% (More than the system Ide Process at times). AOL/TALK_TALK need to address this WAOL.exe issue before many customers migrate to another ISP.
  Vincent Carlysle  
It uses a lot (98%) of my cpu
  Tom Wallis  
It freezes my PC, I hate it, if I can't get it off my PC. than I'l dump AOL.....
  fred martin  
AOL needs it. If using lots of CPU (as seen in task manager- waol.exe) CLOSE THE WELCOME WINDOW.
waol.exe connects to internet. You need it for AOL. Close AOL Welcome window--see if that drops your CPU usage.
I know that it completely slows down and even stops my system
  Ed Dahle  
uses to much memory and slows computer
is installed with winamp toolbar, when open ie 7 it aks you for permission on vista
  danny o  
the REAL WAOL.exe is a valid file; ur looking at at fake
Uses up huge amounts of CPU and when that is the case, computer is very very sluggish.
It records key strokes but how key entry is retrieved, I do not know.
  Dolores Roberto  
This stupid program sometimes stops AOL from running so I have to shut it off in task manager.
It stops me from getting to the enternet
  Benjamin Thorne  
constantly have to restart computer; and always close welcome window...no difference.
  Dave R  
nothing ..... i want to delete adobe flash player and it says to delete WAOL
waol.exe consumes a lot of memory and slows my computer
Totally consumes my PC resources. I'm switching to gmail.
  Don B  
I am told by AOL support that it is a trojan and nothing to do with AOL in spite of me telling them the problem only occures when using AOL for emails Takes over 50% of my system memory which causes system to stop
If AOL hangs up, I check processes. If Waol is hogging memory, I end the process. Usually AOL will offer to self start.
  Lou A  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of waol.exe: based on 23 votes with 28 user comments.
6 users think waol.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 7 users think waol.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade waol.exe ("not sure about it").

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