aol takes over?

  [DELETED] 00:02 11 Oct 2003

Recently I visited my older brother who uses freeserve. I signed on to aol, my isp,thinking that as he pays on his telephone bill he could use my subscription for no extra charge.I thought I was doing him a favour, but ever since he has had problems getting on to freeserve. He has had to delete aol, but still can get no dialing tone to freeserve. Any ideas? Can anyone help to get me back in his good books?

  [DELETED] 00:54 11 Oct 2003

Has he reinstalled freeserve? Has he been into Internet option and reset things? What Os is he running?

  [DELETED] 02:21 11 Oct 2003

Can you give a little more information please?

1) Did you sign on to freeserve, then log into your AOL account, or did you install the AOL software on his PC.

2) what operating system [O/S]does he have?

Meanwhile to get his Freeserve account up and running. If you did install AOL, go into control panel, then Add/remove programs. Click on AOL and remove. Right click on the IE Icon and then connections tab. From there delete AOL as the main connection. With a bit of luck the freeserve connection will still be there, highlight it and set as "default". Click your way out and try to log on.

If this does not work then he will need to use his CD to install the Freeserve settings again. All he needs to do is follow the on-screen instructions and insert his username and password, when asked.

From the options given, tell him to choose, "connect using my existing account" or words similar to that, and not "This is a new account" Good luck and post back if you need more help. Plenty of Freeserve users in the forum. j.

  [DELETED] 03:17 11 Oct 2003

I wonder why many of us avoid AOL like the plague ;O)

  [DELETED] 04:52 11 Oct 2003

AOL loves to take over your machine, and will always try to knock out any other rival you may have, and its a bugger to get rid of, I have known several people who had to reformat and start agin to get rid of AOL: from their PC's
its there way.

I have learnt this by bitter experince, so if you don't want AOL on your computer don't even have the disk in the same room as your PC?

They are worse than Micrsoft for forceing software onto you and I am surprised they have never been taken to task over their naughty methods.

  [DELETED] 10:38 11 Oct 2003

AOL in many ways is like a legit virus, once installed it takes over so many funtions of your computer that teh only full proof way of ensuring that you have gotten rid of it is to reinstall your computer from a nice blank HDD, other wise you can be left having to go into registry, reinstalling IE, installing anti Spyware software, ripping out drivers that it has updated, amoungst other unrelated non internet software that it puts its claws into. The down side of AOL is that it is everywhere, with companies in both the US and soon in the UK supplying machines with "dedicated" (LOCKED) AOL modems when you buy their newest machines

  Stuartli 20:24 11 Oct 2003

My son, an IT support specialist, told me some time ago that if, by any chance, I ever installed AOL I would have to sort out the resulting chaos entirely on my own....

  [DELETED] 21:34 11 Oct 2003

Well after reading some of the above threads, [Of which give no constructive help] I am starting to form a guilt complex for having the nerve, or is it the lack of knowledge to use AOL instead of one of the many other ISP's.

I'm a novice myself and need to look for answers on many things, but I have several versions of AOL on my PC and constantly remove versions to make room for updates to new their software for testing.

I have no problems at all and manage to find my way round the service quite easily. I think that anyone with some basic PC knowledge will be able to install/Un-install AOL from their PC's without too much trouble. j.

  [DELETED] 21:35 11 Oct 2003

Would never recommend AOL - takes over completely & the only surefire way to get rid is to reformat.

But don,t throw away the 'Free disc ' as it has it uses ie. Stylish coaster and looks great on local farmers scarecrow :-)

  [DELETED] 23:50 11 Oct 2003

I printed off your replies thanks very much.

That was up to blues breaker! I darenot show my brother the rest of the replies.

  [DELETED] 00:06 12 Oct 2003

don't worry too much about the negative replies. It's true that many people for some reason will not try AOL, or after trying it, they decide not to use it. Nothing wrong with that at all.

If you don't manage to sort the problem then please re-post, but put it in the "Helproom". You will get more replies, and also might just be surprised how many very knowledgeable people use AOL. Regards j.

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