Re: AOL user check

by "Darrell King" <darrell(at)>

 Date:  Sat, 20 May 2000 14:26:36 -0400
 To:  <hwg-techniques(at)>
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There was an article posted to HWG (I think) a few months ago about a
well-known person (Landry or something like that?) who did a controlled
experiment with an AOL5 install and reported the resulting damage and
changes...anyone remember the URL?  I can't seem to get the archive searchs
to work.


----- Original Message -----
From: Richard Haskins <goldwing(at)>
To: <hwg-techniques(at)>
Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2000 12:23 PM
Subject: RE: AOL user check

AOL 5 trashed both my laptops, I had to reformat the drives and reinstall
windows just to get Dial Up Networking to work again.  AOL recieved much bad
press for this little stunt.  Since most people have AOL, it would help if
you could go to a friends house and check out your site.

AOL 5 is essentially a virus, do not install.

>I want to be able to check my sites for AOL users but I am not an AOL
>subscriber.  I have also heard that once you install an AOL browser it
>"takes over" all your Internet settings and it is virtually impossible to
>return your machine to it's former state (without reinstalling IE and NN).
>Any suggestions?

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