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Should I remove Search Enhancement by AOL Search?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
53% remove it47% keep it
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How common is it?
United States Rank #37,614
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.74 days
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Average installed length: 306.05 days

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Search Enhancement by AOL Search

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What is Search Enhancement by AOL Search?

This URL Search Hook and BHO for Internet Explorer is designed to modify the user's search provider and home page to point to aolsearch.com. This is completely optional and typically a potentially unwanted behavior. AOL's search page is powered by Google and by using this web page AOL generates additional revenue through advertising.


It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is AOLSearch.dll.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.aolsearch.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\aol\aol search enhancement
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\AOL\AOL Search Enhancement\uninst.exe
Warning, the included uninstaller may not work, it is highly recommended to use Reason Antivirus.

Program filesFiles installed by Search Enhancement by AOL Search

Program module:AOLSearch.dll
Name:AOL Search
Path:C:\Program Files\aol\aol search enhancement\AOLSearch.dll
Additional files:
  • AOLSearch.dll (by America Online) - AOL Search
  • uninst.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • AOLSearch.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'AOLSearchHook Class' with the class of {54EB34EA-E6BE-4CFD-9F4F-C4A0C2EAFA22} (AOL Search Enhancement).
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • AOLSearch.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'AOLSearchHook Class' with a class of {54EB34EA-E6BE-4CFD-9F4F-C4A0C2EAFA22} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.

How do I remove Search Enhancement by AOL Search?

Quickly and completely remove Search Enhancement by AOL Search from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall Search Enhancement by AOL Search 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Search Enhancement by AOL Search, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Search Enhancement by AOL Search.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Search Enhancement by AOL Search you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Uninstall it 53%
Keep it 47%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 76.19%
Windows 7 19.05%
Windows Vista 4.76%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 76.19%
Windows 7 Home Premium 14.29%
Windows 7 Professional 4.76%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.76%

Distribution by countryGeography

81.82% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 81.82%
  Canada 9.09%
  Indonesia 3.03%
  Mexico 3.03%
  PR 3.03%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sony 85.00%
Intel 5.00%
Dell 5.00%
Acer 5.00%
Common models
Sony VGX-XL2A 5.56%
Sony VGN-Z550N 5.56%
Sony VGN-SZ381P 5.56%
Sony VGN-SZ230P 5.56%
Sony VGN-SZ110 5.56%
Sony VGN-S660 5.56%

About AOL

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


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