If you use AOL software and are constantly experiencing 100% CPU usage, aolload.exe or the AOL Loader process may be the culprit.
Some computer users have reported that their CPU usage rose dramatically, in some cases all the way to 100%, after having installed AOL. Most likely, you may experience the problem on Windows Vista and Windows XP computers.
Although aolload.exe is a resource hog, the program is not a virus or a corrupt file. The executable is in fact a perfectly legitimate and signed (although poorly written according to some) program from AOL. This is the reason why antivirus or firewall do not raise an alarm about it.
The aolload.exe file belongs to AOL Uninstaller or Loader processes. By default, you may find this file in the C:\program files\common files\aol\loader\aolload.exe folder. Some of the known file sizes are 10800 bytes, 11352 bytes and 12888 bytes.
If you see a similarly named program in a different location, most likely in the C:\windows or C:\windows\system32 folders, you should investigate, as some malware may hide themselves using a slightly different spelling of aolload to avoid being discovered.
The aolload.exe program can stress your CPU. If you do not use AOL, it is best that you uninstall it. However, if you use AOL software sparingly, you may disable the program from loading at system startup. This will help you enable the software as and when you need to use it.
You may use the following methods to perform these tasks:
Uninstall AOL Software
If you do not need the software that the aolloader.exe came bundled with, then simply uninstall the program from your computer. You can uninstall AOL software either by using the Add or Remove Programs utility available in the Control Panel or use an efficient program uninstaller tool, such as Perfect Uninstaller. It is also recommended that you use a good registry tool, such RegServe to scan and clean your registry and get rid of any orphaned AOL entries. Disable AOL Software
In case, you need to use the AOL software occasionally, you may use the following steps to disable it from loading at system startup:
- Open the Start menu, select Run, type msconfig, and then press Enter.
- In the System Configuration Utility, display the Startup tab.
- Search the entry for AOL software and then clear it.
- Click Apply and then OK to save the settings and exit the dialog box.
- Restart your PC to apply the settings.
Temporarily Disable the aolload.exe Service
In case you want to speed up just the current session, perform the following steps, to kill the aolload.exe service.
- Open Task Manager–by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete or Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination.
- Display the Process tab. Look for and select aolload.exe.
- Click the End Process button to kill or stop the process from running on the PC.