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:
- AOL Software has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- AOL Software 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)
- waol.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module waol.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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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...) |
|Its AOL. Have some respect. (further information...) |
|its a keylogger that records your key strokes and mouse move movements (further information...) |
|Part of AOL Startup program |
|keeps my computers from running |
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.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate waol in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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.