Gut Rumbles

February 24, 2006

twice now

How many of you people use AOL? If you use it, are you happy with it?

I ask, because to me, AOL is like a case of herpes. You can't get rid of it. The symptoms may disappear temporarily, but damn if that shit doesn't come back. While thumbing through my last batch of bills, I discovered that I was using AOL again. In fact, I had TWO FUCKING ACCOUNTS!! I knew immediately what it was--- another AOLerpes attack.

I had AOL in the past and I kept it as an emergency backup after I got my high-speed service. I never used AOL. Somehow, months later, I ended up having TWO accounts with them, so I cancelled BOTH, after a marathon session on the phone to India, or somewhere with a similar accent. That took care of AOL for a while, but now BOTH accounts are open again. WTF? I thought I got rid of them, but evidently they were simply in remission.

Excuse me while I call India again...


yeah your right AOL and India both suck goat balls

Posted by: ccracs on February 24, 2006 12:39 PM

I despise AOL, I have never been a subscriber. However my elderly father was snookered into using it, and every time he has a computer problem, I have to go and plow thru all this AOL garbage. Honestly, I dont how the outfit stays in business as its so pathetic and annoying.......

A woman knocked on the Pearly Gates
Her face was scarred and old
She trembled and she shook with fear
She was just about to fold.
"What have you done?" St. Peter asked,
" gain admission here?"
"I've been a loyal AOL user, sir,
for many, many years."
The Pearly Gate swung open wide
St. Peter rang the bell,
"Come in and choose your harp," he said,
"you've had your share of hell."

Posted by: Ruth on February 24, 2006 12:54 PM

It ain't called "AOHell" fer nuthin'....
I get those stupid "free" disks in the mail and they don't even make it into the house.
I slam-dunk those pieces of shit straight into the trash.

Posted by: Stevie on February 24, 2006 01:12 PM

The only way I got rid of my account was to call my credit card company and tell them to no longer accept charges from AOL.

Posted by: Juan Paxety on February 24, 2006 01:33 PM

I'm ashamed to admit that I'm a former AOL luser. That said, I probably still have one of those annoying AOL CD's in my laptop bag in case I find myself in Podunk, Indiana and need to access the Internet.

Posted by: Will on February 24, 2006 01:55 PM

I love getting those AOL CDs ... hang them in the fruit trees to scare the birds and squirrels away. :D

Posted by: maggot on February 24, 2006 01:59 PM

I used to work for a company that did some business with AOL. At one point whe had to test some stuff within AOL and we were told to all create accounts and they would be overheaded. I refused point-blank to provide my own CC# information, my boss said yeah ok here's a company card instead, use that.

Years later, the people who did use their own CC#s are still paying for those accounts, even though both AOL corporate and our own management assured us this was purely for business use and it would be overheaded, and even though they (the victims) have done everything they could to try to get those accounts cancelled. I, of course, am completely free and clear. I have not and never will provide AOL with any financial information of mine.

The only real solution to this is to do what the other guy said: tell your credit card companies to reject any bills from them. Talking to AOL will get you nowhere.

Posted by: Rollory on February 24, 2006 02:02 PM

AOL is bad about not cancelling accounts. Very bad. It's basically the job of the person you speak with to ensure that you don't cancel. Sometimes they even give you a free "month" (which has spawned people attempting to get free AOL indefinitely by trying to cancel monthly) if you're unhappy.

Personally, for the $25 or whatever it's up to now, I don't see how the service stays alive.

Posted by: Adam Lawson on February 24, 2006 02:04 PM

I have AOL and will continue to have it. I have tried many other so called "cheaper" internet services, but you know what, they are not better than AOL only cheaper. Cheaper is not always better, sometimes you get what you pay for. I like AOL for the quality of it's service and tech support. Also, AOL has really good virus protection, spyware blockers, and computer safety and maintenance tools. Until I can find an internet provider with excellent quality like AOL, I will stay right where I am. By the way, canceling AOL is not difficult. You simply call their toll free number and tell the customer service representative that you will to cancel. Be firm and they will do it. They know that the customer has every right to cancel if they wish.

Posted by: Kevin on February 24, 2006 02:20 PM

It took 3 months to get AOL to stop billing my mother then it took me three days of going thru all her files to get rid of all their shit and hidden files. Installing their crap is as bad as installing a virus and as hard to get rid of. I tell all my friends if you donít have kids to get rid of AOL and find something else to use.

Posted by: Greg Beck on February 24, 2006 02:25 PM

I have AOL, and have had my screenname since 1996. The account is in my parents name, (I was 12 at the time)So I have never had to deal with their billing. I know my mother doesn't switch JUST so she doesn't have to get a new e-mail address. So, to her, it is worth payin 12 dollars a month for the same e-mail address, instead of using the free comcast one.

I like the custom SPAM controls. I think I have over 300 words blocked.

Posted by: Steph on February 24, 2006 04:33 PM

This sums it up kids...

Posted by: Ruth on February 24, 2006 04:38 PM

When I was broke as shit I worked for AOL as a chat room host so I could have AOL for free. It sucked even for free. I still use it, but it sucks. I have broadband now and almost never use AOL for anything but mail. I've had that AOL mailbox since the late80's, I think.

Posted by: og on February 24, 2006 04:50 PM

AOL cd's make great targets for plinking; ever seen one when you hit it with a load of birdshot?

Posted by: BobG on February 24, 2006 05:02 PM

i have AOL.. have been for at least 10 yrs..i only pay $7.95 because i have high speed internet srevice with cable..i tryed others also..but i always came back to AOL...

Posted by: Joyce on February 24, 2006 06:45 PM

I'm an AOL user. Have been since '86 or so. (Anyway, a loooong time!) I really don't want to have to change my email/screen name. I use both high-speed DSL and dial-up services across the country. It's convenient to use in that respect. I like the spam blocker function. I find the Welcome page and its left leaning politics (as well as that of the AOL polls) quite distrubing.

As others have said, they are over priced--but I'm hooked.

Posted by: joated on February 24, 2006 07:50 PM

I use AOL, and have never had any problems. Of course, I am a PC, and a Windows user also, so according to the computer geeks I am a triple loser.

Posted by: Gahrie on February 24, 2006 08:39 PM

I had AOL back in '88 & '89; had a HORRIBLE time cancelling and yes it came back twice; I hate them almost as much as FedEX.

Posted by: maxnnr on February 24, 2006 09:25 PM

AOL sucks. I used to have it in the mid 90s. I got rid of it in 2000 and never looked back. It's garbage. Constant disconnects, constant crap. No thanks. 8 megabit cable connections rock. ;)

Posted by: Braden on February 24, 2006 09:41 PM

Hehe... I'm in IT support, and our companies standard policy was, you find AOL on someone's laptop, you wiped the hard drive. Back up personal files, but don't even bother to try to fix anything else. AOL installed its own version of the network drivers, so If you uninstalled AOL, it jacked your network connectivity too. That and AOL dropped so much garbage in the registry, we couldn't clean it out. (this was back before we moved to win2k and put a stop to that shit ) If AOL works for you, that's fine. For me, the way to treat AOL is with fire and lots of it.

Posted by: Ted on February 24, 2006 11:22 PM

aol's tech support solution when I kept getting porn spam...block ALL e-mails....I kid you not. Haven't used them since.

Posted by: DixieDarlin' on February 24, 2006 11:33 PM

AOL users probably use Miracle whip too, like Florida Cracker.

Posted by: Buddy on February 24, 2006 11:54 PM

Okay, apart from the abominable billing practices that AOL partakes in, which has been covered quite thoroughly, let's talk about the pathetic software.

All you AOL "Lusers", if you think it's just the cat's meow, try uninstalling it. Then log back on after re-installing. Go ahead, I'll wait........

HA! That'll take care of them, friggen morons. Bet they didn'y know that when you un-install U-AOL 9.x (Un-American OnLine), it totally trashes your file system. I've seen it many times. This last time I had to use some hardcore recovery utilities, and I don't mean that Norton crap, just to save a few files before having to zero out his drive. I couldn't even partition the poor little spinning bastard, beforehand. I've also heard about the resulting calls to their tech "no-support".

"But why would you want to un-install our software? You really should keep it on your computer."

So you jackasses who think AOL is just so orgasmicaly fantastic just keep sending in your twenty some-odd bucks a month to them, for dial-up. Meanwhile, I'll continue on the REAL Internet using DSL for FIFTEEN a month. Their stupid-assed anti-spam/anti-virus bullcrap doesn't make it worth it, either. Want to keep spam out of your machine? Try the Firefox browser. Check out their e-mail client while you're at it, it has spam filtering built it, and their both free. Anti-virus, try Avast, it's free with free updates, too, and twice as good as Nortons. Anti-spyware? Free, look at Ad-Aware and Spybot. No, I'm not going to waste more time typing in URLs. You're just going to have to look for them yourselves, like I did. Try Google, yeah, it's free, too. If you can't find them, you deserve the shit they block and prevent.

Friggen' idiots.

Posted by: Palomar Jack on February 25, 2006 12:49 AM

AOL has been sued so many times it's a miracle (or shame) they are still in business. Right now they are under court orders in several states so check with your State attorney. You may (and I hate lawsuits) become part of a class action suit and make the suckers pay.
By the way, you nuts that are so proud of your DSL should have the brains to know it's still not available everywhere, so we are stuck with dial-up or the really expensive satelite. I live in the country and would not trade the lifestyle for all the high speed internet in the world. I'm a southerner so I walk slow and talk slow and write/type even slower because I know you city folks cant' read fast anyway. You can just keep living in the slime and crime. Please stay there.

Posted by: scrapiron on February 25, 2006 01:34 AM

I can tell ya how to get rid of that sorryass aol crap, Rob! I think you are strong enough now. You pull all of the wires and cables out of your computor, grab in it in your arms, and walk to the front door and throw it as far as you can, then go to the store and get another one and start over. That's about the only way to ever get rid of it all! My new computor come with a six month free trial of it and I told my wife to NEVER activate it, well she did anyway, so I spent many hours on the phone to get it stopped, and could NOT! Like someone said, I had to call the credit card company, Two years later I'm still finding that shit on here.

Posted by: Kenway on February 25, 2006 02:02 AM

yeah, I had AOL at one time years ago and I thought I had canceled but saw the ill on my credit card bill. I canceled and called my credit card company and put a stop to it. Then I get a bill from AOL in the mail telling me that my credit card was bad. I wrote them back and told them to go piss up a rope and have nt heard from them since.

I was not unhappy with their service but I liked Roadrunner better on cable, The main problem with AOL is that they download so much shit into your system

Posted by: GUYK on February 25, 2006 08:44 AM

Used AOL when I first got on the internet some 5 years ago. Didn't like it. Took me weeks to first close my account and then get all the AOL shit out of my registry. I've used Acer for past 5 years at $12.50 a month with absolutely no problem. For God's sake Rob - use anybody but AOL or Net Zero. Both should be listed on somebody's scam log.

Posted by: Gotcha on February 25, 2006 10:11 AM

I used one of their free CDs once because I was still using dial-up and was getting S&T of Earthlink. After about three days I decided I didn't want it anymore and tried to cancel. They told me I couldn't cancel until my free month was up.

I think they went ahead and cancelled my account early anyway. Do you suppose it was something I said?

Posted by: McGehee on February 25, 2006 10:17 AM

I've juet switched from AOL to BellsouthDSL but haven't closed the account yet. I've heard these horror stories..I hope I'll be the exception.
I'll tell ya though, AOL was fine for me. Pricey but it was made for goonies like myself who can't navigate the www...I miss my favs list...Now I have to google you. :)

Posted by: Treasa on February 25, 2006 11:20 AM

There is only one way to get rid of them. Cut them off at the source. Phone your bank, or go down to a branch, and ask that any and all charges from AOL be blocked. That way, if they try to auto-bill you, they get denied. If they try to come after you for it, they have no grounds.

It's fun! And, often times, the only way to get them to bust off.

Posted by: Cythen on February 25, 2006 04:09 PM

I kinda liked how I got rid of those parasites...

1.) No credit card, hence no auto-billing. I had it charged to my home phone number.

2.) Once I wised up and switched to Earthlink, I changed my phone number.

3.) Place all mailed AOL bills in the same "circular file" as I do the disks they keep sending people.

4.) Move three counties away from previous address.

I mean, we didn't move just to get away from AOHell or anything, but it did work and I know not to ever use their crap again.

Could add a #5 here...
Find a computer God and do what he suggests... like Paul. Which I do.

He's right every. single. time.

Posted by: Stevie on February 25, 2006 09:18 PM

I can't remember where I read it, but filed it away for future use.

To get off of aohelL, go into one of their chatrooms and start flaming people- every time you go in.
They'll cancel your accounts asap to "punish" you.

Posted by: KurtP on February 25, 2006 11:34 PM
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