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What does the shellmon.exe file do?

The shellmon.exe process is also known as waolmon or, as the case may be, setupdb and is a part of waol or, as the case may be, America Online. 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 shellmon.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 shellmon.exe waolmon

shellmon.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Shellmon.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - mostly C:\Program Files (x86)\AOL Desktop 9.7\ respectively C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0\. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 46,448 bytes (25% of all these files), 45,160 bytes as well as 6 other variants.
The shellmon file is not part of the Windows operating system. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). Shellmon.exe does not supply any version information or other description. Shellmon.exe is capable of supervise programs as well as hide itself from other programs. For this reason, 38% 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 shellmon.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 shellmon?

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
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

Summary: One user judges shellmon.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, 4 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted shellmon.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall waol or America Online

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

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate waol or America Online in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if shellmon.exe (waolmon) 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 waolmon. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for waolmon 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 shellmon.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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