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Budboomer

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Hi everyone. I am brand new to this site and I have a simple question.

Can using AOL instant messaging install bad software without your knowledge?

My sister's machine was loaded with scumware despite the fact that she runs Spybot and Adaware. I found it when I went into add/remove programs. The only reason we came up with is that her sons aged, 14 and 12 use AOL IM all the time.

Does this sound possible? I am thinking that her machine is picking this stuff up from her kids friends machines that they IM to. :tazz:
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If you install AIM you get a wonderful spyware called Wild Tangent you can go HERE to read an explanation on exactly what Wild Tangent does. Personally I would recommend getting a program called GAIM you can use it in place of MSN messanger,AIM,ICQ,YAHOO etc.. you can go HERE to get it. Hope that helps you out some.
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Thanks for your fast response.
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BTW- It also comes on newer HP computers. ;) Be sure to remove it ASAP! :tazz:

My thinking of HP- ;) :)

If you install AIM you get a wonderful spyware called Wild Tangent you can go HERE to read an explanation on exactly what Wild Tangent does. Personally I would recommend getting a program called GAIM you can use it in place of MSN messanger,AIM,ICQ,YAHOO etc.. you can go HERE to get it. Hope that helps you out some.

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Trillian is also a good messenger program to use. It lets u log in into aim,icq,yahoo and msn messenger at the same time.

Cheers! :tazz:
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Ahhh wildtangent. I'll never forget the time I saw that my friend's new HP came with spyware...

On another note, this is why I don't use AIM :tazz: MSN Messenger 7 (fully patched with the latest MessPatch) is the greatest messenger program out IMO ;)
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