AOL Desktop

AOL Desktop

Average User Rating:
2.0
out of 115 votes

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  • Version:
    9.7
  • Total Downloads:
    496,708
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 21, 2014
  • Price:
    Free

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1 stars

"Stink stank stunk!"

February 24, 2015

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

Absolutely none!

Cons

How do I disable the spell checker? I'm not talking about in the e-mail, I'm talking about everywhere else (like in here!) I don't need or want it. Also, when click on a website, then go back to working on excel or whatever, when the website opens, it pops right up over what I'm working on. I DON'T WANT THIS!!!!!

Summary

I'd like to play whack a mole on the heads of the people who developed this piece of crap!

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1 stars

"Absolutely horrible"

January 01, 2015  |  By zena3546

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

better toolbar

Cons

everything else sucks. the new added Chrome browser freezes/hangs every time trying to check the email, then the emails don't want to open. doesn't work with RoboForm at all and it wont ever as long as they use the chrome browser. it is constantly freezing, hanging and I keep uninstalling and reinstalling and it repeats itself. been with aol since 97 and I can say this is so bad..i am probably going to leave aol for good. ABSOLUTELY horrible. if you want problems with your computer..download this junky crap.

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1 stars

"Terrible!!"

December 06, 2014  |  By 1Chris

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

Once in a great while it works

Cons

This has nearly consistently been the worst piece of garbage on the Internet for 15 - yes, fifteen years. Un friggin believable!

Summary

aol is the absolute worst piec of garbage...how can the possibly stay in business?!?

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1 stars

"Bye Bye AOL"

October 21, 2014  |  By jersey101

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

None at all.

Cons

An internet Model T

Summary

9.7 is a disaster. I have not been able to get an explanation from AOL about the constant freezing (not responding) or the inability to easily open AOL mail. They had no solution but when asked they gave me a link to reinstall 9.6. ---- True to form the link did not work !!!!!!

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1 stars

"simply pathetic..AOL should be sued"

August 03, 2014  |  By ali20142323424

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

NONE WHAT SO EVER

Cons

AOL desktop is the worst app ever...it will slow down your computer...I have one of the fastest machines out there but AOL really takes up all its resources and slows down my machine like anything...and the worst thing is that AOL keeps crashing and then restarts on its own...its a memory hog app....it will eventually kill your computer by taking up all its resources....STAY AWAY FROM AOL...ITS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE 10 YEARS AGO.....GOODBYE AOL

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1 stars

"Unstable under Win 8.1"

June 18, 2014  |  By richardschurman

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

Familiar user interface. Have had an AOL account since ver 2 (25 yrs or so). This current interface has not undergone any significant changes in presentation so users will find it easy to navigate. Self-recovers from app failures (frequent). Can archive e-mail locally for preservation.

Cons

I am running a Vaio Core i7 using Windows 8.1. I have been using this AOL 9.7 desktop for a few weeks now because it offers an email preservation exported to a local file BUT I have also had constant problems with slow response (I suspect due to all the ad crap they shove at you now) AND more importantly - the app will lock up frequently and restart itself with an AOL popup. The "Details" are not too revealing. It is unstable BUT is self-recovering.

Summary

Really do not see much in AOL 9.7 to get excited about and the instability under Win 8 has forced me to use a brwoser and go direct to AOL Mail rather than use the desktop for anything but saving a local archive. Pretty pathetic with all the hoopla they tout on rollout. If they focused on the user like the days under Steve Case then they could regain their stature of old. AOL is just another mediocre provider these days. Sad and pathetic

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5 stars

"Worked perfectly for me"

February 23, 2014  |  By Leonard2552

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

The new browser aspect was welcomed and allowed me to communicate fully.

Cons

None that I experienced

Summary

I am on dial up and have used version 9.0 VR. The download and installation did take awile to complete. The features all worked well and I am so pleased. Just follow the instructions exactly and you will have no problems.

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2 stars

"After reading these reviews I am staying put."

February 12, 2014  |  By mickmarine

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

Cannot detect any.

Cons

Last thing I need at my age is more technical quirks with no one to help. So why does AOL remain in the lost leader category. There must by a tax dodge buried in there somewhere, offsetting income somewhere else. We all know that losses are good for the IRS game.

Summary

Ok, so I am a 66 year old disabled veteran of the Marine Corps. Been with AOL since it launched, as are a ton of veterans. Big joke at Loma Linda VA here...."you can tell the old guys cuz they all have AOL!" A question to you mavens out there. How do I move my huge files over to another email provider. I have Google and Yahoo. but it would take a Century to move my favorites and folders. Any way to do it in mass? Mike 760-407-9914

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2 stars

"Won't help beginners; won't impress advanced users"

December 02, 2013  |  By ajakez

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

Still very good IM client module

Cons

Gets in the way of modern, efficient, internet browsing

Summary

I have been trying this 'AOL Desktop 9.7' since it came out, and what I notice is that with today's fast,stream-lined internet browsing experience (Chrome, Firefox, and even IE) you don't need something that takes you back to bygone browsing days.This offering tries to offer a lot of things that don't have anything to do with web browsing in a huge, ugly,gaudy, ad-driven package.

In the old AOL days, this used to be focused towards e-mail and i-messaging, but now it has more focus on browsing, emailing, and instant messaging. I find this so called desktop to be cartoonish, gimmicky,slow and it sort of traps you in an old way of doing something that you can do much better today. Things have moved forward in turns of design, speed, and efficiency today.

If I am not mistaken, AOL is a division of TIMEWARNER CABLE.
One of the things that you will notice if you have timewarner internet service is how uninterested they are in e-mail,and browsing security. I would suspect the same with this AOL package.
Even all the borrowed tech used in the package (chromium tech, etc.) don't help at all because of the final results. It is slow locks up to often, navigation is horrible, and disconnects you if you are off it for a few minutes,etc...

This is basically addressed to people that were never able to give up the old cartoonish AOL offering.

The internet has moved foward...

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1 stars

"Extremely frustrating"

November 09, 2013  |  By Skylab2013

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

The beginning of changing to another email service that doesn't have so many technical issues.

Cons

I will loose the momentum of the people I stay in contact with via AOL. AOL has forced ads before reading news bits...As a result, no longer view their news or ad feeds. Unless you're a paid member, will not offer technical help.

Summary

Attempted to add the 9.7 desktop to my Win8 laptop and after 3 attempts does not have connectivity. In my Win 7 machine causes issues with my brouser. My technician reccommends I remove AOL all together as a result. This encounter is forcing me to initiate another email service, change my business cards, notifying friends, contacting business contacts, hoping that past contacts will still be able to find me.

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What's new in version 9.7
  • Optimized browser for an enhanced web experience
  • All new password manager to save and store login credentials
  • Newly integrated browser-based spell checker
  • General
    Publisher AOL
    Publisher web site http://www.aol.com/
    Release Date February 13, 2015
    Date Added February 21, 2014
    Version 9.7
    Category
    Category Networking Software
    Subcategory Network Management Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows Vista
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 208.19KB
    File Name AOL_Desktop_9.7.exe
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    Total Downloads 496,708
    Downloads Last Week 904
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    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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