How can I dump everything AOL from my computer?

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#1

I believe AOL is slowing my computer…it’s at a “creeping” pace. Could someone help me get rid of everlasting thing that has anything to do with AOL?


#2

I like Revo Uninstaller.

http://www.revouninstaller.com/


#3

Back in the day, I ended up searching and manually deleting our beloved AOL.
It embeds evrywhere.
Revo Uninstaller looks very good, wish I had known about it then.

When we were *getting rid of it, they (AOL stop loss rep) kept making offers and eventually got down to $12.00 per month “for life”…no kidding.
Truth be known, we paid $23.90 for that clunky, antiquated system. For a few bucks more we now have mid-level DSL.

If you have no option but dial-up, this is the best that I’ve found (US):
http://shop3.frys.com/isp/index.html
It’s crazy-cheap, does not load software and is as quick as one could expect dial-up to be.
You dial up and then launch the browser of your choice.
Use a free web-based email such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.

*getting
You don’t just get rid of it. It’s a process :rolleyes:


#4

[quote=Whappo;2163018]I like Revo Uninstaller.

http://www.revouninstaller.com/[/quote]

I’ll give it a try Whappo…but how do you know what to “check to delete” without messing up your computer’s registry…that part makes me a little nervous.


#5

If you have no option but dial-up, this is the best that I’ve found (US):
http://shop3.frys.com/isp/index.html
It’s crazy-cheap, does not load software and is as quick as one could expect dial-up to be. I’ve been considering Fry’s ISP…how about the $5.95/month? Is it a decent one? Which one have you used?


#6

[QUOTE=burnselk;2163077]I’ll give it a try Whappo…but how do you know what to “check to delete” without messing up your computer’s registry…that part makes me a little nervous.[/QUOTE]

I just use ‘select all’ to delete all the registry keys and leftover files and I have yet to encounter a problem but that approach may be too risky for others.

In the Options menu under uninstall you will see that the option to create a restore point is already checked. I don’t know if you use or trust restore points but if you want to be doubly assured you can create a registry backup before you do anything.


#7

[QUOTE=burnselk;2163078]If you have no option but dial-up, this is the best that I’ve found (US):
http://shop3.frys.com/isp/index.html
It’s crazy-cheap, does not load software and is as quick as one could expect dial-up to be. I’ve been considering Fry’s ISP…how about the $5.95/month? Is it a decent one? Which one have you used?[/QUOTE]
I set up a family friend with the basic $5.95 service.
That was about two years ago and she’s still using it.
During setup, check with your phone company that the dial-up numbers that you have selected are local and not long distance.


#8

A program/file called “Adware & Spyware” is in my add/remove programs and when I try to remove it…I’m taken to the following website http://friendfinder.com/go/g978495.

It will not remove. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to remove it…when I try, it forces IE to open (when I try to remove it) and goes to the friendfinder site (I rarely use IE…use Firefox instead)…but I want it gone if at all possible…


#9

Try running Malwarebytes (free version)


Then run SUPERAntiSpyware (free version)
http://www.superantispyware.com/superantispywarefreevspro.html


#10

[quote=Whappo;2163018]I like Revo Uninstaller.

http://www.revouninstaller.com/[/quote]

Revo can’t do it either Whappo…nothing can touch AOL.


#11

[quote=burnselk;2163078]If you have no option but dial-up, this is the best that I’ve found (US):
http://shop3.frys.com/isp/index.html
It’s crazy-cheap, does not load software and is as quick as one could expect dial-up to be. I’ve been considering Fry’s ISP…how about the $5.95/month? Is it a decent one? Which one have you used?[/quote]

I don’t even used AOL, it’s on my daughter’s computer I’m trying to clean up. I use Verizon’s DSL…1Mbps.


#12

have you tried removing any of these things in safe-mode?


#13

Yes, I tried that…it made no difference whatsoever. It actually opens IE and “tries” to take you to the Friendfinder website even in Safe Mode.


#14

have you tried going to run and msconfig, then startup and seeing if any of these programs are there? maybe you can uncheck them, so they dont start up when windows does, and see if they are removable in safe or regular mode


#15

[QUOTE=burnselk;2174208]Revo can’t do it either Whappo…nothing can touch AOL.[/QUOTE]

Most unusual. I’ve used Revo several times to remove aol from differenct pc’s and have never had a problem. You might try checking the task manager to see if some aol program is running, if it is then end it and try to uninstall. A lot of progams leave a process or two running, most times ending it will fix a problem. If you need help with processes there’s a program called ‘Process Explorer’ that can help identify them for you. What happens when you use the the regular control panel add/remove? Aol does come with an uninstaller. You can always do it old school by deleting all the files in the aol folder and then searching the registry for aol keys and deleting them one by one. I came across this program that might do the trick for you http://rapidshare.com/files/94994130/Remove_AOL_2.7.11.1.exe I haven’t tried it myself, I’ve never had the need. Yours is a curious problem. Post back and share your solution if one is found. Good luck.


#16

Burnselk,
Sounds to me like you have some sort of rogue anti-malware on board.
I would definitely do a scan, starting with the two top-rated spyware scanners that I listed in post #9.
It is very likely that they will be able to find it and kill it.


#17

[quote=jflan;2174353]Burnselk,
Sounds to me like you have some sort of rogue anti-malware on board.
I would definitely do a scan, starting with the two top-rated spyware scanners that I listed in post #9.
It is very likely that they will be able to find it and kill it.[/quote]

Sure hope you’re right jflan…I’ll let you know how it turns out…a bit later tonight.

I sure do appreciate your help on this…everyone.


#18

I will give it a go tonight Whappo…and I’ll let you know what I find…off to town right now…others post away…I want rid of AOL…and the Adware & Spyware issue.


#19

regedit is my best friend.


#20

You may also want to look at PC Decrapifier. It’s mainly designed to get rid of the bloatware that come with new PCs, but it may help.