is this a problem w my pc, or is it aol?

When im surfing the web, a lot of the time the pages take ages to load, is this unique to aol, or is something adrift with my computer??

That would be AOL. Get a different ISP quicksharpish. If you are in the UK, I would recommend Zen.

Increase the size of the internet cache of the AOL browser, and find the setting that lets it only load a page again if it’s changed since the last time. These can help with speeding things up.

Back in the 90’s I had AOL I quickly learned that aol is crap. I switched to cable. Problem solved.

Same here.

AOL is one of the worst programs you can willingly put on a computer…it is slow, puts so many other things on your PC, and takes forever to clear your registry of it…basically it’s a virus.

Did this start in the last few days? Usually mine loads really fast lately takes forever.


Conveniently, PC World just published an article today,

‘The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time’

25 Worst Tech Products of all Time

Coming in at number 1:

  1. America Online (1989-2006)

How do we loathe AOL? Let us count the ways. Since America Online emerged from the belly of a BBS called Quantum “PC-Link” in 1989, users have suffered through awful software, inaccessible dial-up numbers, rapacious marketing, in-your-face advertising, questionable billing practices, inexcusably poor customer service, and enough spam to last a lifetime. And all the while, AOL remained more expensive than its major competitors. This lethal combination earned the world’s biggest ISP the top spot on our list of bottom feeders.

AOL succeeded initially by targeting newbies, using brute-force marketing techniques. In the 90s you couldn’t open a magazine (PC World included) or your mailbox without an AOL disk falling out of it. This carpet-bombing technique yielded big numbers: At its peak, AOL claimed 34 million subscribers worldwide, though it never revealed how many were just using up their free hours.

Once AOL had you in its clutches, escaping was notoriously difficult. Several states sued the service, claiming that it continued to bill customers after they had requested cancellation of their subscriptions. In August 2005, AOL paid a $1.25 million fine to the state of New York and agreed to change its cancellation policies–but the agreement covered only people in New York.

Ultimately the Net itself–which AOL subscribers were finally able to access in 1995-- made the service’s shortcomings painfully obvious. Prior to that, though AOL offered plenty of its own online content, it walled off the greater Internet. Once people realized what content was available elsewhere on the Net, they started wondering why they were paying AOL. And as America moved to broadband, many left their sluggish AOL accounts behind. AOL is now busy rebranding itself as a content provider, not an access service.

Though America Online has shown some improvement lately–with better browsers and e-mail tools, fewer obnoxious ads, scads of broadband content, and innovative features such as parental controls–it has never overcome the stigma of being the online service for people who don’t know any better.


Nice article scoobie… :iagree:
I installed it a number of years ago (beaten into submission by the wife and kids I might add). It lasted less than a day…and with everyone’s approval btw… :bigsmile:

In two words, It Sucks!

AOHell… a well deserved name.

Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays it insists on it. /.

If you have the security center uninstall it then reinstall. That’s what was causing my problem loading instantly again.