shellmon.exe - Is shellmon.exe spyware, adware, or a virus?

what is shellmon.exe?
Purpose of shellmon.exe:



Process or task name:

Be sure to always double check your spelling if you are concerned about spyware, as often spyware will use a very similiar spelling of system processes or other common tasks. shellmon.exe

File type:
Exe program - Files with an extension of "exe" are executable programs.

Purpose of this file:
shellmon.exe was most likely installed by you, however it is possible this may arrive as preinstalled software also. Always verify this is in the proper folder as shown below, as spyware and viruses may sometimes be similiar names located in other folders (they do this in an attempt to fool you). This shellmon.exe program is used with AOL, and AOL does come preinstalled. It is also part of the free aol client software in version 9.0 and later. Anyone who has America Online ISP client software running will see this in their task list. This file is considered safe and is not virus or spywrae related. Visit shellmon.exe for complete information on this task or process. If you would like help on other tasks or processes, you can view the entire process and task directory here.

What is the shellmon.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
C:\Program Files\AOL 9.1\shellmon.exe is the disk location for this file.


Note on file and folder locations: Remember that although many files are always in default file locations, some files can easily be moved to different locations or change names like many spyware, adware, or popup programs do. If you suspect you have spyware or adware, check to see if you see a similiar names stored elsewhere. It always helps to check your tasklist also to see what is currently running on your computer. You can always view the tasklist on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view your "task manager", and then click the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running on your computer. Dll files will NOT show on your computer tasklist, as dll files are actually part of other processes. You may see similiar program names running if spyware or adware is on your computer, for example, shellmon.exe may be slightly misspelled to keep you from finding it, or spyware and adware may be named very similiar to a system file. Make sure always check the location of tasks or processes if you are concerned. shellmon.exe can also be used by other programs or software, as there is no standard on software program names what companies choose.

  • Is shellmon.exe spyware?
        No.

  • Is this considered adware or popup related?
        No.

  • Is this considered a virus or trojan?
        No.

  • Would you recommend that I remove shellmon.exe?
        No, I would not remove this file.

  • View All Tasks and Processes
    shellmon.exe was most likely installed by you, however it is possible this may arrive as preinstalled software also. Always verify this is in the proper folder as shown below, as spyware and viruses may sometimes be similiar names located in other folders (they do this in an attempt to fool you). This shellmon.exe program is used with AOL, and AOL does come preinstalled. It is also part of the free aol client software in version 9.0 and later. Anyone who has America Online ISP client software running will see this in their task list. This file is considered safe and is not virus or spywrae related. C:\Program Files\AOL 9.1\shellmon.exe is the disk location for this file. Please feel free to check www.what-is-exe.com for any future lookups or updates, as this index is continually changing and expanding.