Is aol.exe safe or is this malware?

Purpose of aol.exe:

aol.exe file purpose and description:

This AOL.exe file was most likely installed by you in the past, but it is possible that it arrived as preinstalled software. The exact disk and folder location is also shown below, so you can verify this file is in the right location and is not virus, adware, or spyware related in any way. Writers of spyware and adware will often use similiar or like names, and then place those files in other locations in an attempt to fool you into thinking it is a good file. This aol.exe file is one of the main client software programs for AOL, an internet service provider. AOL also offers a free news portal at which can be viewed by everyone even if you are not a member, they offer a free instant messenger called AIM, free 2gigabyte webmail storage, and many other items that you can find on the aol page. If you are an aol subscriber and you are running their client software to view news and mail, you will find the aol.exe module in your startup if you have chosen this option in the settings. This file is considered safe and is not spyware or adware. View the actual file disk location below. (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)

File type:
This is an executable file

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
The actual disk location is "C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0\AOL.EXE" -b

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, aol.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 aol.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!