What is the WLHook.dll component needed for?Simply stated, a DLL file is an unnamed executable file. It cannot be directly invoked, but it can be called by any executable Windows program.
The WLHook.dll process is also known as ACS Session White List Hook or, as the case may be, AOL Connectivity Service Session List and is a part of AOL Connectivity Service or, as the case may be, AOL Uninstaller. This software is produced by America Online (www.aol.com) or, as the case may be, AOL (www.aol.com). An obsolete or defective version of WLHook.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- ACS Session White List Hook has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- ACS Session White List Hook 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)
- WLHook.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module WLHook.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about WLHook.dll ACS Session White List Hook
WLHook.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file WLHook.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents" (usually C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\).
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 4,608 bytes (84% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 10,288 bytes.
This so-called dynamic link library (DLL) contains all the functions that have been transferred to a separate file. These transferred functions are available not only to this particular program, but can also be used by other applications. The WLHook file also can also affect other applications by changing their properties. Such manipulation can cause an application to do things other than what it is intended to do. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. It is unusual for the service not to provide any indication of how and why it is required. The WLHook file is not part of the Windows operating system. WLHook.dll is capable of log keyboard entries. WLHook.dll appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files. For this reason, 62% 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 WLHook.dll. 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 WLHook?
|The process ACS Session White List Hook belongs to the software AOL Connectivity Service by America Online |
|Not enough info toe evaluate |
|agree , its a AOL communication setup file |
|Kaspersky pick it up from AOL |
|WLHook.dll is from AOL connectivity processes. You will not be able to delete it until you end all AOL processes and exit the icon that is in your task bar. |
Summary: 3 users judge WLHook.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net
How to uninstall AOL Connectivity Service or AOL Uninstaller
To remove ACS Session White List Hook 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 Connectivity Service or AOL Uninstaller in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if WLHook.dll (ACS Session White List Hook) 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 ACS Session White List Hook. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for ACS Session White List Hook 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 WLHook.dll 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.