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What does the aoltray.exe file do?

The aoltray.exe process is also known as AOL Tray Icon and is a part of America Online. This software is produced by America Online (www.aol.com). An obsolete or defective version of aoltray.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about aoltray.exe AOL Tray Icon

aoltray.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file aoltray.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 156,784 bytes (66% of all these files), 36,940 bytes or, as the case may be, 36,953 bytes.
The program appears as a small tray icon. You will find it on the Windows taskbar next to the clock. If you don't see the tray icon, click the white (<) symbol. The program appears as a window on the desktop. It is no part of Microsoft Windows. The aoltray file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. For this reason, 6% 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 aoltray.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 aoltray?

A royal PITA. Sole function is to place a toolbar shortcut to AOL and AOL Companion. A royal pain to remove - runs like a virus application.

Summary: source: file.net

How to uninstall America Online

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To remove AOL Tray Icon from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for America Online in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if aoltray.exe (AOL Tray Icon) 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 Tray Icon. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for AOL Tray Icon 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 aoltray.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.

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