Is waol.exe safe or is this malware?

Purpose of waol.exe:

waol.exe file purpose and description:

Waol.exe is a program that may have been installed by yourself or may have been preinstalled on your computer. Be sure to check the exact file location as this is shown below so you can verify your file is found in the correct disk location. This waol.exe program is for AOL, it is part of the client program that will show in your task list whenever AOL is running. Anyone who has AOL will most likely see this waol.exe module, which is normal. Note that Coolwebsearch spyware has tried to imitate this name, so make sure its in the correct location and always monitor your system startup to be safe. Waol.exe is considered safe and is not spyware or adware related (check location to make sure as specified). (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.

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
It will be located in your program files folder, within the America Online folder. Normally c:\program files\American Online 9.0\waol.exe (also C:\Program Files\AOL 9.1\waol.exe if running 9.1)

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, waol.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 waol.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!