AOL Network

    Date: 03/02/05 (Computer Help)    Keywords: virus

    I'm experimenting with something. I used to be an AOL member back in the day. I also recently used a 6 month (plus 3 more) trial just so I would have McAfee Virus Scan for free (included with AOL service). I cancelled AOL, uninstalled it, lost McAfee and all was fine. I didn't like the idea of being unprotected though so I asked someone if I could try something.

    I downloaded AOL again and asked a good friend if I could log onto their account just long enough to download McAfee Virus Scan. After that was successful, I uninstalled AOL. I uninstalled anything that said "AOL" in it through my Add/Delete Programs menu (except "AOL Instant Messenger"). Everything seems to be fine and McAfee is still up and running, but there is one small annoyance. The AOL Network icon (and program) will not go away. I was pretty sure that it went away last time when I uninstalled. I was thinking that it might have to do with the fact that I'm still using McAfee and that it needs the AOL Network to verify the subscription account. If so, that's fine, but I would like to see if McAfee can still function without this.

    I don't know why AOL even has this program available for broadband users. I've never used it, but from what I gather, it's a dialer that lets dial-up users sign on without having to load the AOL program. There is also an option to sign on using BYOA. But if you have your own high-speed connection already, there is no need to even use AOL to gain a connection. They discontinued the AOL High-Speed service over a year ago (AOL offered users their own high-speed service, in case you didn't know). As far as I know, it's still available to those who had it before they discontinued it though.

    So yeah, I just need to get rid of the AOL Network stuff. Thank you.


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