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Successfully removing AOL on Win 95

By holmesmc ·
On a Windows 95 machine, how do you successfully remove all of the AOL files? Does it change the registry at all? If so, how can it be changed back to normal? Or do I have to do a complete install of the original software?

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by pschuvie In reply to Successfully removing AOL ...

The proper way remove any version of AOL from a computer is through the add/remove programs icon of control panel. In following the steps you would want to decline saving to desktop any of the "history" type files of email, favorites etc. That is unless you want to keep them but they are saved in a format that requires AOL to read them at a later date.

And yes it will change the registry because it will "unregister" and remove various references to the AOL programs and setups.

Now the question of "changing it back to normal" usually indicates that there is some other unasked question or problem happening. If that is the case then post a comment with additional details. It has been known that AOL can disrupt tcp/ip or dialup settings and several steps can be taken.

If after you remove AOL you might want to consider running a Registry Utility - Norton or something like that, or RegClean, to do a clean up of the registry. Just make sure you have a valid backup before, as even those programs can cause problems.

And if there is strong "doubt" about getting everything clean, well then yes a complete install, which is recommended on an annual basis at least, is the way to go. Lots of things get into the registry that never get out as you use the computer.

HTH and if you need more just post a comment.

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by holmesmc In reply to Successfully removing AOL ...

No other questions, Iment PRIOR AOL (virus) this computer belongs to my college professor, I told him I would check on it for him.
Thanks for your time and input on this matter.
MCH

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by mmcdade In reply to Successfully removing AOL ...

Just a couple of additions to the first answer (which was good), but just to be sure:

1) Using Add/Remove programs sometimes doesn't remove all of an application's components; more specifically to AOL, it sometimes doesn't remove the AOL adapter.Right Click "My Computer" on the desktop, select "Properties" then "Device Manager". Click the "+" sign next to Network Adapters and make sure that the AOL adapter is gone (if not, then remove it).

2) Also check your Network configuration. Right Click on "Network Neighborhood", select "Properties", and make sure that the AOL adapter isn't still resident in the network configuration. If it is, remove it.

3) You can also manually search the Registry itself to find any instances of AOL. Go to Start>Run>RegEdit, choose "Edit" from the Registry Editor menu, and then select "Find". Generically, type in "AOL" as the search pattern and then delete the keys you find associated with AOL. Very often software application entries are not removed via Add/Remove programs, although the software's installation program will claim it removed itself. CAUTION!!!: Don't fool with the Registry if you're not comfortable with doing so, and if you do, make sure you back it up first! Also be wary if your Prof. uses AOL Intant Messenger (IM), because then there might be instances of AOL in the Registry that you don't want to delete.

5) Check your Programs directory via Windows Explorer just to make sure that the AOL directory (folder) has actually been removed via the Add/Remove programs process (I always do -- you'd be surprised).

5) I forget the name of the person who submitted the first answer, but try his/her suggestion of running RegClean, too (a utility from Microsoft).

I hope thathelps & best of luck!

- Mark

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by Parbo In reply to Successfully removing AOL ...

I'm not sure what type of AOL virus you have but check this link for informatioon about it and ways to remove it
http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/auto/index/indexA.html
Good luck

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