Is aolacsd.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of aolacsd.exe:









File purpose and description:

aolacsd.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 program is for AOL software and it is needed for helping your connection and talking to the drivers when connected to the internet. This was first found in version AOL 9.0 SE, if you installed the latest version of AOL, then you will see this task running. This is not spyware or adware and is considered a safe software program. (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)
aolacsd.exe

File type:
This is an exe executable file.

File or folder location:
You can find this in your program files folder, and then "common files", and then the AOL folder.


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, aolacsd.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 aolacsd.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!