AOL Shield blocks malware, prevents identity theft, and more

AOL Shield

The AOL Shield browser provides protection with a whole host of advanced security features, so you can worry less about online threats as you go about your day. Shopping, banking, social media - AOL Shield browser helps protect your information. AOL Shield is based off of the Chromium browser framework. It will support most Chrome Extensions, Apps, and Themes.

AOL Shield has the following security features built in:


  • PhishLock Technology - Patented technology to help prevent identity and data theft by detecting when a user navigates to a website identified as a scam phishing site and blocking the phishing site from loading.
  • Blacklisting Protection - Once a phishing website has been confirmed, it is added to a blacklist that is maintained and made available for public use.


  • Anti-keylogging (AKL) - Window Hook Protection - A hook is a mechanism to listen to system messages that are sent to an application window, such as mouse and keyboard events. Hook protection prevents malware from listening to these messages.
  • Kernel Level keylogging Protection - Key loggers are a form of spyware or “trojans” that are used to capture keystrokes. The AOL Shield software uses patented technology that replaces the actual keys pressed with randomly-generated characters to help prevent anyone from capturing keystrokes and with them, your sensitive data.
  • Screen Capture Protection - Prevents malware from stealing sensitive information by preventing such malicious software from taking pictures of the browser screens. The user is still able to capture screens manually.
  • Form Grabbing (Anti-API hooking) Protection - Prevents malicious software from stealing form data before it is encrypted and sent to the intended website.
  • Crypto and Networking API protection - A technique used by some malware (e.g., SpyEye. Zeus) is to intercept the calls to crypto and networking libraries. The software is able to remove the hooks installed by this type of malware.


  • Website malware protection - Leverages the Chromium open source project anti-malware and anti-download technology. A database of websites known to contain malware is actively maintained. This information is communicated to AOL Shield. If a website is reported as containing malware, the user will be redirected to a malware alert page.
  • Malware download protection - Involves maintaining a database of known malicious files; each time a user downloads a file, the list of malicious files is checked. If a user attempts to download a malicious file, the file will be blocked. A white-list of known good files is also maintained to prevent unnecessary checking and or blocking of good files.

Download: AOL Shield | 576 KB (Freeware)
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