Is companion.exe safe or is this malware?

Purpose of companion.exe:

companion.exe file purpose and description:

This file is a program called AOL companion. This basically gives you access to a range of AOL information and AOL programs from your system tray without having the client open. Many people really like this feature as it provides quick access to many things. If you are not using AOL as your ISP service or email service, then you should not see this since it comes with the America Online installation. (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 program from AOL.

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
This location is not currently listed, but this should be found in the AOL installation 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, companion.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 companion.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!