By mhilliard_14
Dec 13, 2007
  1. Dear Readers:

    After installing AIM 6.5.x.x.xx, I have been having problems with aolsoftware.exe, showing up twice in the "task manager," and withing 10 minutes, eating up 50% of my CPU Resources.

    I don't know how to fix this. What should I do?

  2. mhilliard_14

    mhilliard_14 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    oh & also, it works perfectly fine on my "Guest Log in"
    but when I sign on my username, thats when I have the problems.
    I even tried making a new username to sign on with, and the same problem occurred.
  3. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    You only need one thread on this subject,and you can use

    the "Edit" button to amend your first post.

    As for the problem,that sounds like normal behaviour for Aol.:dead:

    I advise you to uninstall it,and use GAIM or Trillian,instead.

    If your particularly want AIM,try uninstalling the Aol browser

    that comes with it.

    Go to Program Files\AOL-Explorer-**\uninstall exe

    Use Firefox or Opera for normal browsing,by the way.
  4. mhilliard_14

    mhilliard_14 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    thats interesting what you've said.
    And thank you for making me aware of the edit feature.

    however, after looking in program files, I cannot find the aol explorer folder.

    I also wanted to make sure that I had clarified that aolsoftware.exe ran two instances, and caused AIM to completely freeze up on me; could there be some sort of conflicting program, or maybe some old file that it's looking for?
  5. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    Aol software only has three "aims" in life -

    feed you ads, report your activities to anyone who pays for the info,

    and slow down your computer.

    I don`t know why there are two instances of the thing running.

    Maybe ads don`t get served to guests, just admins ? :mad:

    My only other suggestions are that you go to,

    - msconfig start up tab and see how much aol you can uncheck

    without stopping the messenger part of the software.

    -download Aim Triton Ad Hack and see if that will remove

    some of the junkier elements (80% of it).
  6. mhilliard_14

    mhilliard_14 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    hm. okay

    well i will try what you said.

    one question, though, on my "msconfig.exe", which programs are AOL? and how do i know for sure?


    P.S. Do you think adware / viruses are a part of this issue?
  7. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    - uncheck any process with aol or aim in the name.

    You`ll still be able to start the program(s) manually,

    only it won`t start autmatically with Windows.

    - It`s perfectly possible you have spyware as well as this problem,

    but I doubt if spyware is causing this problem.

    Although, Aol is spyware in my opinion.
  8. mhilliard_14

    mhilliard_14 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    kay; I did that, and there were no programs with "AOL" or "AIM" in their name.
  9. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    I told you it was a sneaky program !

    I found this from somewhere -

    Go to the top of your buddy list window: Edit > Settings > Sign in/Sign out >

    Uncheck the box that says "Start Aim when Windows starts."

    Also take a look in the "Services" tab next to the Start up tab,

    click "Hide all Microsoft services" and you should

    be left with the ones that you (or spyware) installed.

    Just uncheck whatever you don`t need.

    Other than that,I`m out of suggestions,apart from uninstalling

    the aol c***
  10. mhilliard_14

    mhilliard_14 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    it seems as though the aim ad hack solved the question.
    i'll update again tomorrow if it re-occurs.
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