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    November 24, 2005  |   By CorinthianWebDesign


    Despite its presumptuous intrusiveness, it doesn't come with adware like AIM.


    From "Yahoo IM users get more than they bargained for", CNet, September 1, 2005:

    "By accepting Yahoo's 'typical' installation of YIM with Voice, it will also download Yahoo's Search Toolbar with anti-spyware and anti-pop-up software, desktop and system tray shortcuts, as well as Yahoo Extras, which will insert Yahoo links into the Internet Explorer browser. The IM client also contains 'live words,' which will automatically show an icon when the user highlights words online and then hyperlink to Yahoo search results, definitions or translation tools. Finally, the installation will alter the users' home page and auto-search functions to point to Yahoo by default.

    To avoid these changes, users must actively choose the 'custom' installation and uncheck five boxes."


    "'This is the first instance where you actually must go and do a custom install to control them from installing other software,' Everett-Church said."

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  • Reply by CorinthianWebDesign on June 9, 2006


    Try using Trillian to chat with friends that use different IM programs (like Yahoo! Messenger and AIM).

    I wouldn't get rid of AIM if it's already on your computer. I'd just scan your drives with programs like Ad-Aware.


    Y!Messenger isn't a bad program. Just "choose the 'custom' installation and uncheck five boxes."

  • Reply by trist024 on April 17, 2006

    which of the many im's out there would be the best to have , not being a memory hog , also so that i don't have to download all my friend's im's ie yim , aim etc. also any advice on getting rid of aol's messenger that came installed on my pc ? i am using windows xp

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