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by gwingee / July 3, 2006 11:58 AM PDT

I have broadband thru my cable company..but when I first got this computer in May last year..they had offers to use aol for 6 months free..I never used it..I just checked files in a search and have 217 aol files..can I delete them all??? Do I need any of those?? How would I know?

also, this is the second time I tried to post and it says you can not post a blank message..but the message is NOT blank......

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AOL
by Kono Kusotare / July 3, 2006 12:50 PM PDT
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If you have no intention of using it, delete all associated files found by the search. Attempting to delete AOL by add/remove programs will rarely remove all components.

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Just be sure...
by John.Wilkinson / July 3, 2006 1:47 PM PDT
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Just be sure that the files you're deleting are from AOL and not another company or program what contains that grouping of letters. You should be able to tell by the file name, file location, or by right-clicking the file and checking the properties. (There's not much risk of that, though.)

Just so you know, you probably won't get all of the files...there are so many filenames, many of which don't contain "AOL" in them, that it's nearly impossible to track them all down. The only way to be completely AOL-free is to install a retail version of Windows (OEMs almost always include AOL and others pre-installed 'for your convenience') and never download their software.

As to the posting of a blank message, you're not the first one...it's struck a few times before last month and I'm aware of at least one known glitch concerning that. Lets just hope they get all the bugs worked out soon.

John

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