Re: AOL user check (somewhat off topic)

by "Darrell King" <darrell(at)>

 Date:  Sat, 20 May 2000 13:59:25 -0400
 To:  "Richard Haskins" <goldwing(at)>,
 References:  bigmailbox
  todo: View Thread, Original
Well, that certainly helps things.  Since the machine is running an early
copy of Win95 on a P90, I imagine they will find me quite boring.  I suppose
they could access our LAN, but I delete advertising email anyway...:).


----- Original Message -----
From: Richard Haskins <goldwing(at)>
To: <hwg-techniques(at)>; <darrell(at)>
Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2000 12:32 PM
Subject: AOL user check (somewhat off topic)

Those wonderful AOL "software upgrades" are actually a small agent on your
machine that scans the directories of your hard drive and reports your
directory structure to AOL.

AOL then sells this information to advertisers.

I once installed and unregistered copy of a database program on my machine.
No one knew I had it.  AOL did one of their "software upgrades" and within 2
weeks I was getting offers my mail for add-ons and enhancements to my
database program.


>I get mysterious, automatic "updates" installed without asking everytime I
>log off.

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