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Old 07-28-05, 11:54 PM
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Intenet for a newbie...?

So, I'm gonna be getting a computer for my aunt, who has never owned a computer in her life.

She will have dial up, and I'm trying to figure out what would be easier for her to use. AOL or another ISP like People PC Online.

My first thought was AOL, because they make a big deal out of their virus protection, email spam control and so on. I tried them years ago and didn't like how intrusive it was, but in her case that may be a good thing. The cost is an issue - even after the six-month free trial, the cost is $23 a month.

People PC Online is $11 a month ($6 for first 3 months), and they offer virus protection, email with spam control, etc.

Just wondering if anyone had any opinions on which would be better.
Old 07-29-05, 01:48 AM
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You should never have to pay for AOL--every time you call to cancel, they'll give you two free months. I did that for a year before I decided to get cable.

I would still probably go with another ISP if your aunt can afford it. AOL annoys the carp out of me, and when I finally did decide to quit, I had to actually yell at the customer service rep to get him to cancel me (they really want you to have your free months).
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I was in a similar situation with my sister. I signed her up for Netscape which was the one of the cheapest ISPs I could find that has a good reputation. Thus far she has been very happy.

I would not recommend AOL for a number of reasons but most of all because their software can really mess with a computer. I was constantly getting calls from my mother-in-law about her computer doing weird things. Each and every time it was AOL related. Now that she is using her cable company....no significant problems.
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god don't get her aol, that program IS the virus
Old 07-29-05, 04:59 PM
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AOL=LOL. It's been a while since I worked on a comp with that on it. Does it still download "updates" everytime you log off? Always fun when you're on dialup.

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