What does the AOLAcsd.exe file do?
The AOLAcsd.exe process is also known as AOL Connectivity Service and is a part of AOL Uninstaller or, as the case may be, AOL Connectivity Services. This software is produced by AOL (www.aol.com) or, as the case may be, America Online (www.aol.com). An obsolete or defective version of AOLAcsd.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- AOL Connectivity service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- AOL Connectivity service has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- AOLAcsd.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module AOLAcsd.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about AOLAcsd.exe AOL Connectivity service
AOLAcsd.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file AOLAcsd.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents" (normally C:\Program Files\common files\aol\acs\).
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 46,640 bytes (73% of all these files), 1,135,728 bytes as well as 5 other variants.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. AOLAcsd.exe has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. The AOLAcsd file is not part of the Windows operating system. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. AOLAcsd.exe is capable of transmit information from computer to the Internet, hide itself from other programs as well as supervise programs. For this reason, 28% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves AOLAcsd.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about AOLAcsd?
|stops me getting on to the internet |
|AOL spyware |
|Eats 98% of CPU according to Task Manager. |
|It can eat up all your CPU resources. |
|it absolutely eats my processor with p2p software running |
Summary: 4 users judge AOLAcsd.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. However, 7 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 16 users have already deleted AOLAcsd.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall AOL Uninstaller or AOL Connectivity Services
To remove AOL Connectivity service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for AOL Uninstaller or AOL Connectivity Services in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if AOLAcsd.exe (AOL Connectivity service) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of AOL Connectivity service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for AOL Connectivity service or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or AOLAcsd.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.