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Getting Rid of AOL

I've been trying to get rid of AOL since the begining of December. I canceled my membership with them, that is not the problem. I can't uninstall it off of my computer. I've gone in Add/Remove, AOL is not there. Can somebody help me figure out a way to get rid of the program?

Thank you

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AOL removal....

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AOL has the great ability to totally take over you computer. There are several steps you must do to remove this software from you system.

1. Use the ADD/REMOVE software(I Know you did this)
2. Delete ALL "SpyWare" from your system. Go to the downloads section of www.cnet.com, there you need to do a search for ADAWARE. Download it and install it and run the program.
3. Go to the downloads section of www.cnet.com and download a 30 day trial of "Ace Utilities", and install it. This software will allow you to delete any "mirror" AOL stuff.
4. Once EVERYTHING has been deleted, I would recommend installing a third party defrag program. You may (Suprise) get this from the www.cnet.com download area, by typing a search for a program called "Diskeeper".

Good Luck!!

Jeff

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all that works in getting it off, but

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it is still like going on a search and destroy mission. it hides folders all over the place, and alot of reg keys that don't come out with a registry cleaner.

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Two ways to un-install:

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Re-install the AOL software and it now should appear in ADD/REMOVE. However, if for some reason it does not you must remove it surgically which is what I do anyway after ADD/REMOVE because the un-install wizard always leaves too much behind.

Use the search feature and just delete all that starts with AOL.

Do the same thing in the registry and your system will be almost clean, you will never completely get rid of it all but the bulk of it will be gone.

Caution, before doing this make a restore point and export a copy of the registry to the desktop just in case!!

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HERE'S ANOTHER WAY.

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I had this same problem a few years ago. Apparently AOL also installs its own driver. You must uninstall their driver/adapter. Good luck.

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Leddith, A Discussion About Complete AOL Removal...

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