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Process name: AOL Desktop Shell Monitor

Product: America Online

Support: Help link   Update link   Uninstall tool  

Company: AOL (aol.com)

File: shellmon.exe


A shell monitor for AOL, this process runs in the background and monitors for issues with the AOL desktop shell. Introduced in version 8.0 of the AOL Software Suite, the desktop shell integrates a browser, email client, and instant messenger into one application suite. Any errors or issues that arise are tracked by the shell monitor application and a message is displayed to the user. Founded in 1985, AOL Inc. has gone from being the number four ranked internet provider in the world to switching gears towards being a brand company focus.http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/shellmon.exe.html 
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Users Opinions

Average user rating of shellmon.exe: based on 9 votes. Read also the 12 reviews.

  • 558 users ask for this file. One user rated it as not dangerous. 3 users rated it as neutral. 4 users rated it as little bit dangerous. One user rated it as dangerous. 5 users didn't rate it ("don't know").

All comments about shellmon.exe:
shellmon.exe is an application from AOL which belongs to the Eolithic Task. It is installed with AOL version 8 and later. This program is a non-essential process, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.
part of AOL DC the MCSE
If infected can create havok by opening webpages on its own. Casey McCune
emerges or pops up in rectangle about once every 12 startups with HP product Nannette
It always opens on my computer and I can't get rid of it. Sara Villaro
All I know is when I turned my computer off the other night, there was absolutely no sign of any program running, but before windows would shut down it said "ending program shellmon" then after it ended that, my computer shut down as I wanted it to. So I don't know if that's a bad thing or not? Can anyone tell me? Young Ma
program\americ~2.0\shellmon.exe
when my computer is slow loading sites, it is the culprit hollykay
When I go to shut down, it says ending shellmon.exe?
shellmon.exe Can be shutoff if you first turnoff the aolware.exe process, then shutoff shellmon.exe process. Otherwise shellmon will keep returning to the process list immediately even if you try to shut off the entire process tree. ca Collister
not much except it is denied when you call aol John
AOL Desktop seems to run better without it IMHO. Either remove it in safe mode or rename the file and kill it in task manager. Gary

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