Monday, November 07, 2005

It sounds like there's an auto-update to the AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) client that advertises their new “Away Page” feature. The advertisement (in the AIM client) says “Less right clicks, use the Away Page!” However, it's spooky, and it looks like a virus. As far as I can tell, it's not, but I'm not finding much information on the web about it.

I'm glad I don't use the regular AIM client. (I use Gaim, which is available for Windows and Linux.)

Update: my gaim isn't working for me anymore. I wonder if it's related to the “Less right clicks” thing. I spent an hour trying to figure it out, then gave up and switched to Google Talk. The buddies I care most about have switched too.

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15 comments:

kelly wrote at Monday, November 14, 2005 at 1:52:00 PM PST

Hi! I have this in my profile, do you have any idea how to delete it?
Please post back if you find any information.

Amit wrote at Monday, November 14, 2005 at 1:53:00 PM PST
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kelly wrote at Monday, November 14, 2005 at 1:55:00 PM PST

what exactly is gaim?

Amit wrote at Monday, November 14, 2005 at 1:57:00 PM PST

Check it out here: http://gaim.sourceforge.net/win32/index.php

It's like AIM, and you can still talk to all your friends, but there are no ads and none of these silly "Less right clicks" messages. It also lets you talk to Yahoo IM, MSN IM, and Google Talk...

Anonymous wrote at Monday, November 14, 2005 at 3:01:00 PM PST

will i lose my buddy list if i switch to gaim?

Anonymous wrote at Monday, November 14, 2005 at 4:03:00 PM PST

nope you keep it =) your buddylist is on the aol server. so whenever or wherever you signon from you'll always have it.

Anonymous wrote at Monday, November 14, 2005 at 7:02:00 PM PST

Hey. This happened to me today so I switched to GAIM. Then when I updated my info and it was there again. ... What the hell is up with this.

Anonymous wrote at Monday, November 14, 2005 at 7:13:00 PM PST

i also have it. i never clicked on anything. idk how to get rid of it either

Anonymous wrote at Monday, November 14, 2005 at 7:16:00 PM PST

the same thing is happening to me and I have Gaim. it shows up regardless of what I use.

Amit wrote at Monday, November 14, 2005 at 7:20:00 PM PST

I'm just going to switch to Google Talk. Goodbye buddies.

Alex a.k.a. eXium wrote at Monday, November 14, 2005 at 7:42:00 PM PST

Amit, I think I am going to do the same. GoogleTalk was a bit lacking? Better than AIM. I really dislike having to use AIM. I always have. Also, there are no really good replacements for it because of AOL's policy of third party software.


So. Who wants to join me on GoogleTalk?
adobe.lippitude

Anonymous wrote at Monday, November 14, 2005 at 8:04:00 PM PST

hmm.. well my friends have it, only some though, and i dont, and i clicked on it but refused to log in. my friend did the same and she got it though. hm. maybe if you 'edit your profile' it appears?

sucks wrote at Monday, November 14, 2005 at 8:47:00 PM PST

gah well I just got this in my profile after I reformatted my computer and reinstalled aim.

Anonymous wrote at Monday, November 21, 2005 at 3:18:00 AM PST

You formatted because of something in your AIM? Wow... you could have tried a different client. I use Trillian and they have forced nothing into my profile.

Optik wrote at Monday, November 21, 2005 at 5:13:00 AM PST

I use DeadAIM and it affects that too. Just a head's up.