Is aim.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of aim.exe:









File purpose and description:

Aim.exe is a program which could have been installed by you, or may have even arrived on your computer the day you purchased it as this may have been preinstalled software. The actual disk location is also listed below, always verify where its located on your hard drive, as this makes sure it is not spyware or adware simply placed elsewhere on your computer, and using the same name in an attempt to fool you. This aim.exe file is the free AIM instant messenger, and almost everyone will find this on their computer as its a very popular and free IM program. If you are chatting and have this open, you will see it in your task list. You may also see this under name aim95.exe. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
aim.exe

File type:
This is an executable program file.

File or folder location:
You should do a Windows search to find the aim.exe file. (Most files are simple to find by using your Windows search, so rather then list the locations, which can change, you can easily scan your hard drive to detect it. Be carefull if you ever find more then one occurance, as some spyware programs try to imitate others!)


General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, aim.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of aim.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!