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PostPoints tip: Stop using AOL's software

A long computer-troubleshooting conversation with a friend over the weekend revealed one easy way for him to free up some disk space on his Mac: uninstall his copy of AOL's software. Ever since AOL began allowing users to get and send e-mail with any standard program (see for instructions on how to do that), then began making its content available to everybody on the Web, there's been little reason to keep the company's aging, inefficient, poorly maintained software around. What about e-mail and Web favorites you've saved in AOL? Mac users should download the free AOL Service Assistant, which will automatically copy those important settings into Apple's iChat, Mail and Safari programs. In Windows, try the $24.95 shareware program ePreserver (a free trial download at, which can do the same with a few different Window Internet programs.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 10, 2009; 9:01 AM ET
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