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What do you think about the AOL software???
Personally I think its really bad and I used it for a year and I had to get rid of it, Now I use Tiscali
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in my opinion...it should be detected as a virus...have you ever tried uninstalling it?...it's pretty much the closest thing to impossible that there is...you've got a better chance of reaching the speed of light by eating too many beans....
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Affectionately known as Always Off Line in the UK
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Their new commercials here in the US absolutely disgust me. They start in a presentation setting where a man is up front telling of all the nasties on the internet, spyware, malware, viruses, blockups. Then someone from the audience says "Oh what are we to do?" and the man says, this. Then it shows the AOL "Security Center" installing and everyone is relieved that its that easy.

Be ready, the malware removal forum is about to get very busy with AOL subscribers.

Someone should sue them for false advertising every time they get infected.


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someone should sue them for false advertising every time they sign on.....the stuff never lives up to it's claims...in any way..
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Maybe you should get a class action together they must be breaching some kind of law somewhere with that "security" center of theirs that seems to only protect itself from uninstallation.
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I was forced to use AOL for about a year. When I got DSL finally...I took out my revenge on all those AOL discs they send you. :tazz:
(I'm actually starting something where I'm putting them all in a big box and then sending it back to them once it starts overflowing. :) )
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I used to have a wall of them when I had my apartment :)

It looked cool and was a lot more fun than stuffing them in a box.

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You can now instant message with a worm.

A new worm that targets users of America Online's AOL Instant Messenger is believed to be the first that actually chats with the intended victim to dupe the target into activating a malicious payload, IM security vendor IMlogic warned Tuesday.

According to IMlogic, the worm, dubbed IM.Myspace04.AIM, has arrived in instant messages that state: "lol thats cool" and included a URL to a malicious file "clarissa17.pif." When unsuspecting users have responded, perhaps asking if the attachment contained a virus, the worm has replied: "lol no its not its a virus", IMlogic said.

The malicious file disables security software, installs a backdoor and tweaks system files, the company said. Then it starts sending itself to contacts on the victim's buddy list.
But the worm is programmed so that the infected user cannot see the messages that are being sent out by the worm, according to IMlogic.

"This is a first," said Andrew Burton, director of product management at Waltham, Mass.-based IMlogic. This worm is not widespread, but attackers are just trying out this new technique, he said. "We will see one or two instances of an attack, there will be a refinement and then there will be an outbreak."

The inclusion of an IM bot is another sign that IM worms are becoming more sophisticated. Another worm, also spotted on Tuesday, takes a more traditional route: it spreads under the guise of a holiday greeting card, IM security specialist Akonix Systems said Tuesday.

The holiday worm, dubbed Aimdes.E, targets AIM users and arrives with the message: "The user has sent you a Greeting Card, to open it visit:" followed by a link. Once the target clicks on the link, the worm installs itself on the system. It opens a backdoor on the computer and sends itself to contacts on the buddy list, Akonix said.

Advice to users is to be careful when clicking on links in IM messages--even when they seem to come from friends--and to use up-to-date antivirus software. When receiving a link in an instant message, the best practice is to verify with the sender if the link was sent intentionally or not.
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that's awesome...
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So its similar to the MSN virus except nastier. That virus was a pain. Thankfully im not an AIM user.
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Oh go on, you know you want to :tazz:

http://beta.aol.com/...ct=aolsuitebeta
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AOL is crap. Everything about it is crap. I have used AIM since some girls talk me into it, I have always used MSN Messenger and personally, I still love MSN Messenger and now hate AOL much more. My friends always ask me, "Why don't you use AOL"... I just simply reply, "Because I am not stupid :tazz:".
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AOL...don't get me started!

The software is bulky, intrusive, and ineffective. The security is much like the support...nonexistent. Trying to maintain a good connection with AOL is like trying to herd cats...Good Luck. Removal is another issue...it's impossible, even for them! Check out their answer to this problem...Remove AOL...this page has been this way for months!

The only thing good about AOL is their marketing strategy...obviously based on the P T Barnum premise that "There's a sucker born every minute." What a SCAM!

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