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What does the waol.exe file do?

The waol.exe process is also known as AOL Software and is a part of waol. This software is produced by AOL (www.aol.com). An obsolete or defective version of waol.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 waol.exe AOL Software

waol.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Waol.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - mainly C:\Program Files (x86)\AOL Desktop 9.7\ respectively C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0\. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 72,048 bytes (27% of all these files), 41,296 bytes as well as 6 other variants.
It does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The waol file is not part of the Windows operating system. This waol program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. For this reason, 44% 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 waol.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 waol?

AOL - ISP (further information...)
Belial
Its AOL. Have some respect. (further information...)
Billy Bradshaw
its a keylogger that records your key strokes and mouse move movements (further information...)
mark hamill
Part of AOL Startup program
steve c
keeps my computers from running
Albert Hoser

Summary: 6 users judge waol.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, 5 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 7 users have already deleted waol.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall waol

To remove AOL Software 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 in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if waol.exe (AOL Software) 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 Software. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for AOL Software 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 waol.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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