Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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WARNING: spyware being delivered with AOL IM
I started having trouble with one of my servers a few weeks ago, with applications that would hang for a nagging period and then restart. I came in this morning to sit down and fix the sucker, and found out it was caused by spyware intentionally delivered to the computer by AOL, disguised as a software update. A program called viewmgr.exe would continully start itself and then consume 90% of the servers resourcs for a short period, sending God knows what to AOL. This crap ought to be illegal. As a result I am removing and banning AOL IM from all my computers and explicitly advising all my customers that AOL has done this, and that I will only use MSN IM from here on out. If you are an AOL IM user and have been having hangs and lockups all of a sudden or even if you haven't, check your control panel Add/Remove software list for "Viewpoint Media Viewer". Instructions for removing it are in the link below if you wish to preserve AIM, but the easiest way to get rid of it is to simply remove the Viewpoint programs and AOL itself. No wonder these losers are going out of business. This is the second time they have done something like this, so thats it, no more for me.