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Chapter 3. Internet Annoyances > INSTANT MESSAGING ANNOYANCES

INSTANT MESSAGING ANNOYANCES

MAKE AOL INSTANT MESSENGER AN AD-FREE ZONE

The Annoyance:

Call me a Web geezer, but I can remember when the online world was virtually ad-free. Now it looks more like a NASCAR event, and AOL Instant Messenger is no exception. My Buddy List sports a little blinking ad window that does nothing but hog space. Worse yet, many of the ads it plasters on my screen are for AOL itself!

The Fix:

Erasing ads from AIM is something of a national pastime-type "REMOVE AIM ADS" into a search engine, and you'll get links to a bevy of approaches, including firewall tricks, configuration-file tweaks, and software tools. Problem is, many of these techniques are needlessly complicated, or so long in the tooth they don't work with the current version.


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