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Should I remove AIM for Windows?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,054
United States Rank #2,537
Reach 0.1006%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 23.71 days
699.55 days >
Average installed length: 367.56 days

Typically installed together

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AIM for Windows

What is AIM for Windows?

AIM for Windows is an instant messaging and presence computer program which uses the proprietary OSCAR instant messaging protocol and the TOC protocol to allow registered users to communicate in real time. AOL Instant Messenger's installation process automatically installs an extra URI scheme ("protocol") handler into some web browsers, so URIs beginning "aim:" can open a new AIM window with specified parameters.

About  (from AOL)

Group and one-to-one chat, instant media previews, social updates and notifications and more - all in a clean, powerful application for Windows. AIM is a communication tool. A state of being. A path to greatness. It allows you to keep in touch with many people through text, video and multimedia chat. In some ways, it’s...  Read more


It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named aim.exe. The setup package generally installs about 12 files and is usually about 93.95 MB (98,508,842 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.aim.com/download#windows
Installation folder: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application data\aol\aim
Uninstaller: "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\AOL\AIM\Uninstall AIM.exe"
Estimated size: 93.95 MB

Program filesFiles installed by AIM for Windows

Program executable:aim.exe
Name:AIM for Windows
Path:C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application data\aol\aim\aim.exe
Additional files:
  • aoldiag.dll - AOL Diagnostics
  • tbdiag.dll
  • Uninstall AIM.exe - AIM for Windows (AIM Installer)
  • uninstall.exe
  • aolload.exe - AOL Loader
  • libcef.dll - Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) Dynamic Link Library
  • icudt.dll (by The ICU Project) - International Components for Unicode (ICU Data DLL)
  • NPSWF32.dll (by Adobe Systems) - Shockwave Flash (Shockwave Flash 11.9 r900)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • NPSWF32.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_11_9_900_117.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • NPSWF32.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Plugino' with a plugin key of '@adobe.com/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
Scheduled Task
  • aim.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D3B661A6-F8A3-4DB0-B404-E9A634F91E23}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • aim.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'AIM for Windows' and executes as "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\AOL\AIM\aim.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • aim.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\AOL\AIM\aim.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:81.17 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0008196335%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00044842%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00037121%
0.015104% average

How do I remove AIM for Windows?

You can uninstall AIM for Windows from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program AIM for Windows, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove AIM for Windows.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by AIM for Windows you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win 8.1 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.02%
Windows 10 30.38%
Windows Vista 4.58%
Windows XP 3.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.24%
Windows 8.1 12.15%
Windows 7 Professional 11.04%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.82%
Windows 10 Home 5.57%
Windows 8 4.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

89.91% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 89.91%
  Canada 1.79%
  United Kingdom 1.15%
  Germany 0.80%
  India 0.70%
  France 0.45%
  Australia 0.38%
  Sweden 0.35%
  Egypt 0.29%
  Italy 0.29%
  IQ 0.26%
  Mexico 0.19%
  Netherlands 0.19%
  New Zealand 0.19%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.58%
Dell 25.66%
Acer 10.04%
ASUS 9.82%
Toshiba 8.36%
Lenovo 4.03%
Samsung 2.20%
Intel 1.03%
Alienware 0.88%
MSI 0.59%
American Megatrends 0.44%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.84%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.79%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.10%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.93%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.59%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.22%

About AOL

America Online develops, grows, and invests in brands and sites.
Publisher URL: corp.aol.com


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