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Old 07-08-2004, 20:05   #1
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AOL question

I have a grandaughter that loves the AOL instant messager. I contend that it being downloaded on the computer contributes to a lot of Pop-ups and other unwanted junk. Also there is a program named "Pacific Poker" a so-called free program, that I think I get a lot of "Data miners" from.

I am on Road Runner.

Am I right, or wrong


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Old 07-08-2004, 20:39   #2
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i have AOL IM. i don't have AOL service. it can be done.
actually it's a great program, no pop ups or junkware.
i much prefer using it because it's very easy, and everyone and their ancestors use it.
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Old 07-08-2004, 20:57   #3
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If I'm not mistaken, the newer versions of AIM install WildTangent software on your computer. This can easily be removed, however.

I don't know what to say about the Poker program.

Easiest way to deal with all this is use something like Search and Destroy to get rid of offending pieces of software/miners. If poker stops working after removing the offending pieces, then get rid of it completely.
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Old 07-08-2004, 21:12   #4
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winamp has wildtangent stuff as plugin. it seems that it can be removed easily.
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Old 07-13-2004, 10:02   #5
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My advice is to NEVER, EVER use an OEM Chat relay.

Trillian is exponentially better in every way, sets up everything from AOHell to ICQ and MSN/Yahoo (plus others) with no spyware or plugins whatsoever.

As far as your Poker game goes, that's the price you pay to play some so-called 'freeware' apps. They are free to you, but rest assured, they DO make money, it is just unethically and behind the scenes .

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