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ICQ

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This venerable chat client upgrades with a retooled look and enough Preference control to satisfy even the most obsessive fans of customization. ICQ 6 includes video, audio, and text chat modes in a strong push to make the app the most versatile chat client around.

Audio chatting was smooth and painless, although that depends on user connection, of course. There's also a new Quick IM feature that allows you to send a text chat from within your contact list. The text window is only one line high, but perfectly sized if you're just shooting off a quick note.

Many of the notable plug-ins have been folded into the new version as standard features. Standard fare in ICQ now includes SMS messaging and the Flash-movie tZers as well as alerts and skins. Consequentially, the quick-loading app has a larger footprint. Ad banners are nonexistent except in the built-in games, and all text chat histories are automatically saved. Some features, like Push2Talk, seem to have been phased out of the new version, and customizing tZers is no longer an option. Also, the Help option is non-functional in this release.

Despite a few minor setbacks, there are too many improvements to keep ICQ down. Other notable additions include split-screen compatibility, IM forwarding, and integrated Google searching. In enhancing its already rich feature set, ICQ has definitely increased its standing among its many competitors.

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  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 10,692 votes

    • 5 star: 5843
    • 4 star: 2080
    • 3 star: 1179
    • 2 star: 463
    • 1 star: 1127
  • Current version:

    3.3 stars

    out of 552 votes

    • 5 star: 179
    • 4 star: 122
    • 3 star: 84
    • 2 star: 44
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  • 1.0 stars

    "no no no no not goodddd"

    December 20, 2008  |   By joellenoel

    Version: ICQ 6

    Pros

    nothing really !

    Cons

    it's verybbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiipppppppppppp

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  • 4.0 stars

    "its a very good service"

    November 18, 2008  |   By phillip_hulme54

    Version: ICQ 6

    Pros

    i can message my friends who have icq

    Cons

    fast and efficient service

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The Worst Version in the ICQ History!"

    September 28, 2008  |   By ztl

    Version: ICQ 6

    Pros

    It is ICQ.

    Cons

    Crushes a lot
    Childish GUI
    Kids mainly features
    Lacks important valuable communications features that made it irreplaceable in the past.

    Summary

    ICQ 6 (...7015) is one of the worst version in the history of ICQ. As an early adaptor and a proud 6 digit ICQ number, I am so disspointed I will not use ICQ any more.
    It is full of bugs and often crushes. The whole software is made for kids, design and features. Strangely, even my kids and their friends (early and mid teens) have moved to MSN.
    As for me, I'll take Miranda or Trillian and will have to say goodbye to ICQ. What once was the leading and best featured software in the chat neighborhood is now one of the worst.
    Here is an example: for memory use the Miranda take up 5.7 MB while ICQ require about 32MB and up. And through Miranda I am connected to my ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, AIM, and Google Talk.
    Miranda will allow me to send SMS messages to Multiple users on my list. This reminds me of a feature that existed in early versions of ICQ, allowing you to send ICQ messages to multiple users on your list. They set a security feature that can block multi-messages. Strangely enough this feature remained long after the possibility to send multi-messages dissappeared.
    The best ICQ version so far was the light version 5.1.
    But if ICQ want to survive the competition they should start supporting other protocols and become a multi-protocol chat program. And preferably, a stable one, and one that properly supports multi language uses on all protocols.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "very bad softwre"

    September 24, 2008  |   By ritmopower

    Version: ICQ 6

    Pros

    i did not like it

    Cons

    refuse to uninstall it hijacks your homepage

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Elements of spyware?\Other problems"

    September 1, 2008  |   By Mr_Proof

    Version: ICQ 6

    Pros

    1)Cool interface
    2)?????
    3)PROFIT!!!11

    Cons:
    Every time you close message window it sends strange packet to cb.icq.com, there are contains, version of your icq client, number, Internet Explorer version (!!!) , version of your icq client, number.....

    Cons

    which skin & language you use on ICQ6, (presumably) which OS you have and some other undefined data. Just use some sniffer\advanced firewall to detect this packets...
    And tons of garbage: games,ads,video,voice,etc kiddy ****. + It eats 27Mb+ of RAM

    Summary

    Real example of HTTP request, that icq6 sends every time you closing icq msg window:
    cb.icq.com/cb/icqsrp/10/srp.cb?&TP=CSess&VN=600&BD=7013&DS=30005&LSP=3&GD=D7656B4E-3F75-42A4-9A8C-C5416527245F&TM=1220292143&IE=6.0.2800.1106&EP=1&NP=2&UN=229423870&LG=en-us&FV=7,0,19,0&OS=W2.5.1.2.0&SI=Default%20Skin&MR=1&TM=2&KE=22,38

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I guess i use it because of pretty interface"

    August 20, 2008  |   By tirami

    Version: ICQ 6

    Pros

    I like the interface and it seems to be not baggy at all. It works well with Vista.

    Cons

    Ads are still with us. And when are they going to remove this crap: "Stay tuned for more services coming up in this area..." ? Well..just REMOVE THIS AREA!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do Not Download!!!! It will replace your search engine."

    August 19, 2008  |   By Marquis757

    Version: ICQ 6

    Cons

    This software will implant icqsearch as your search engine, and deleting or removing icq will not change this fact. I am sorry I ever downloaded this software.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "IT SUCKS!"

    August 4, 2008  |   By riprap

    Version: ICQ 6

    Pros

    I wonder how much AOL paid CNET for their glowing review?

    This is absolutely one of the worst IM pgms available today.

    The only reason I gave it one star, was because I could not post this review without choosing a rating. They should allow for ZERO STARS, which is where I rate ICQ/AOLIM.

    Cons

    Spyware, malware, excessive CPU usage, excessive memory HOG, AOL owns it.... I can continue but I would run out of time and space. ;)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wonderful"

    July 21, 2008  |   By loveyanforever

    Version: ICQ 6

    Pros

    Is good for as .

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  • 3.0 stars

    "it's good"

    July 21, 2008  |   By sweet4jessie

    Version: ICQ 6

    Pros

    it's good, but not as good as before

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