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What percent of users and experts removed it?
23% remove it77% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #13,435
United States Rank #6,429
Reach 0.0226%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.51 days
369.09 days >
Average installed length: 193.93 days


VersionDistribution 0.22% 1.12% 1.35% 0.22% 0.22% 0.45% 0.22% 13.68% 1.79% 2.02% 12.11% 3.36% 16.82% 24.89% 2.02% 18.83% 0.45% 0.22%

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DataMask by AOL

What is DataMask by AOL?  (from AOL)

DataMask by AOL is a simple and secure software that disguises your personal data from cyber crooks and threatening websites by hiding your keystrokes (anti-keylogging) and diverting you away from sites designed to steal and use your personal information (anti-phishing).


DataMask by AOL is a software program developed by AOL. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. In the Google Chrome browser, it will add an extension. The setup package generally installs about 74 files and is usually about 12.99 MB (13,625,313 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 98% of users of DataMask by AOL come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: help.aol.com/help/product/datamask
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\AOL\DataMask by AOL
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\AOL\DataMask by AOL\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 12.99 MB

Program filesFiles installed by DataMask by AOL

  • dps.exe - DataMask by AOL
  • dps32.dll
  • driverinstall.exe
  • ep.exe
  • epbho32.dll
  • epbho64.dll
  • epclient32.dll
  • epclient64.dll
  • epinject.exe
  • epinject32.dll
  • epinject64.dll
  • epservice.exe
  • peplugin.dll
  • pl.exe
  • plbho32.dll
  • plbho64.dll
  • plplugin.dll
  • ptplugin.dll
  • uninstall.exe
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • epinject64.sys
  • libxml2.dll
  • libxmlsec.dll
  • libxmlsec-mscrypto.dll
  • license.dll (by SentryBay)
  • phishlock.crx
  • reportclient32.dll
  • reportclient64.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

4 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • plbho32.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'DataMask by AOL' with the class of {ff507020-a257-4527-a222-b6f5732e55ee}.
  • epbho32.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'DataMask by AOL' with the class of {3955aa73-8c60-4a9b-acdb-0c2edb1b6748}.
  • plbho64.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'DataMask by AOL' with the class of {ff507020-a257-4527-a222-b6f5732e55ee}.
  • epbho64.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'DataMask by AOL' with the class of {3955aa73-8c60-4a9b-acdb-0c2edb1b6748}.
  • epservice.exe runs as a service named 'DataMask by AOL' (EntryProtect) "DataMask by AOL provides advanced Identity Theft protection by creating a fully secure browsing environment.".
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • dps.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Data Protection Suite' which loads as "C:\Program Files\AOL\DataMask by AOL\dps.exe".
  • pl.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PhishLock' which loads as "C:\Program Files\AOL\DataMask by AOL\pl.exe".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.8 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001182249%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00009852%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00001970%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:50,246,638
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:5.16 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:700 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:5.2 MB
Total CPU:0.0000308714%
Kernel CPU:0.00002106%
User CPU:0.00000981%

How do I remove DataMask by AOL?

You can uninstall DataMask by AOL 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 DataMask by AOL, 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 DataMask by AOL.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by DataMask by AOL you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Win 7 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 23%
Keep it 77%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.13%
Windows 10 30.80%
Windows Vista 10.71%
Windows XP 3.35%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 43.89%
Windows 10 Home 13.35%
Windows 8.1 12.44%
Windows 7 Professional 8.14%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.69%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.17%

Distribution by countryGeography

97.62% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 97.62%
  United Kingdom 1.46%
  Italy 0.26%
  Canada 0.26%
  PR 0.26%
  Mexico 0.13%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 42.27%
Dell 25.07%
Toshiba 12.83%
Acer 9.91%
Lenovo 3.50%
ASUS 3.50%
Intel 0.87%
Gateway 0.58%
Sony 0.58%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.26%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.26%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.79%
HP G72 Notebook PC 2.79%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.33%
Gateway NV55S 2.33%

About AOL

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Publisher URL: corp.aol.com


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