AOL keylogger = idleproc.dll ?

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by billone, Aug 24, 2003.

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  1. billone

    billone Guest

    hello all,

    i ran pestpatrol (keypatrol) & keylog killer (
    they both said: idleproc.dll in my AOL folder was
    a keylogger. i tried deleting it / renaming it and AOL wouldn't work.
    had to reinstall.
    any ideas other than getting rid of AOL?

    thanks in advance
  2. Peaches4U

    Peaches4U Registered Member

    Nov 22, 2002
    At my computer
    I got rid of AOL years ago. If & when you choose do so, be sure to unsubscribe in writing and give 30 days notice otherwise they will continue to charge to your credit card AND they do not apologize for their errors either. The following is info. on AOL off an anti-spyware site:

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    Software Name: America Online (AOL)
    Software Website:
    Offending Party: Internal
    Remarks: A computer that has AOL installed generates a calling to whether signed on to AOL ISP or not. Currently this is being investigated by different security.coms.
    Status: Under Investigation
    Entry Date: 14-May-2002
  3. LowWaterMark

    LowWaterMark Administrator

    Aug 10, 2002
    New England
    To billone...

    I don't think that file is a keylogger unless it was somehow replaced by a malicious version. Check the properties in that file and compare them to all the other .dll files in the main AOL folder. Chances are this is just a false positive.

    In fact, if you are really concerned, install another copy of the same version of AOL (to a different folder on your system) from an original AOL CD and compare them.

    To Peaches...

    Actually, I've tested with AOL quite extensively, and found it can be secured. Like anything else, it's just a matter of having the proper configuration. I currently have AOL installed, and I pay monthly for a "Bring Your Own Access" account, as AOL hasn't actually been my primary ISP for many years.

    As to the specific issue you quoted, I believe that one is actually a bug that I've experienced myself. Some of the more intelligent network-aware applications attempt to determine your network configuration on their own. It's similar to all the software packages you see where you tell it to use the system's default or "Internet Explorer's proxy settings", so they can get access to the network. Well, under certain conditions when AOL is running and some software attempts to auto configure network access, it picks up something like "" and puts it in it's own proxy field. Zone Alarm used to do this to me frequently.

    I haven't seen this problem in a year or so now, but, I can assure you, AOL doesn't want people who are on other ISP's trying to run their network applications through the AOL proxies. AOL uses those for people connected on their network, but could never handle the load of everyone on other ISPs passing all web accesses through their proxy farm. It's just a bug.
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