AOL Offers New Spam and Virus Resistant Software for New Year

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America Online (AOL), one of the largest Internet Service Providers in the United States, if not in the universe, is sticking it to spammers again, this time by offering an updated version of its software which is designed to be more spam, spyware, and virus proof than previous versions.

AOL has been in the news recently for both suing spammers, and, as reported recently here, for reducing the amount of spam landing in its users’ inboxes – some thinking that the two may be related.


The new software version 9.0, dubbed “AOL 9.0 Security Edition”, is available as a free download, and includes such features as McAfee’s anti-virus software built-in, with free updates (a similar feature was previously available but for a fee).

The new software also includes a more robust version of its anti-spyware component, “SpyZapper”, which under the new software runs every time the user signs on.

Said an AOL spokesperson “More often than not, when a member faces a performance issue with the computer, they think they just have a performance problem, but what they really have is a virus or spyware.”

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AOL users should log into their accounts and from there should be able to find a link to an announcement of the new software, along with download instructions.

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2 thoughts on “AOL Offers New Spam and Virus Resistant Software for New Year

  1. “AOL users should log into their accounts and from there should be able to find a link to an announcement of the new software, along with download instructions.”

    But what if it’s AOL that’s putting that spyware on your machine. I’ve been getting a lot from them lately and i’m fed up with it, i will not be purchasing extra ‘stuff’ from them i’d rather leave. I’ve noticed an awful lot lately and i don’t like it one little bit.

  2. I, personally, have been using AOL for years. I have a Cable Modem Broadband connection at home and haven’t used AOL’s dialup in years. Every time they offer an upgrade I download & install it. Whenever I get to a dialogue box that asks if I want to perform a Typical or Custom installation I always choose Custom. The last few upgrades have given the user a choice to, what they state, install “AOL only”. I want to know why if it says “AOL only” then why is the AOL Toolbar installed within my Internet Explorer, why is my IE Home page changed to WWW.AOL.COM, why is an AOL Screensaver installed on my PC, and finally, why is there an AOL Coach version also installed on my machine (In fact 2 AOL Coach versions 1.0 & 2.0

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