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AOL Shield browser now available for Windows XP and Vista

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AOL users: you may be aware that AOL recently discontinued free access with the traditional AOL client. The only way to access mail for free is to access it using a web browser and going to aol.com. To continue using the client, you must upgrade to AOL Desktop Gold and pay a low monthly fee.

However, AOL has now released AOL Shield (free) which is a "optimized browser for users on dial-up internet connections and/or older operating systems. AOL Shield is optimized for older operating systems like Windows XP and Windows Vista. It also has features that enable it to run on computers with a dial-up internet connection."

For more information or to download, see this page: AOL Shield

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Interestingly, XP and Vista are not listed as supported HERE. (but your link still works, haven't tried the download button on this one.)
This other page is a chrome variant browser, (or at least the screenshot would hint that) and this seems to be firefox based. 
Different browsers with the same name?

Anyway, Here's its useragent:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:52.0) Gecko/20100101 AOLShield/52.3.0

It would appear to just be Firefox 52.3 ESR under the hood.

 

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@i430VX

The program indeed works on XP. However, the link you posted above only downloads a stub of the installation program. The link I provided downloads the complete installation program (currently version 1.0.0.29: http://web1.sentrybay.com/internalbuilds/aoldial/AOL Shield 1.0.0.29 Setup.exe)

This is basically a clone of Firefox, but it has a "dock" in the upper left of the browser that has quick shortcuts for mail, news, search, and benefits. It's nice if you want quick access to mail, at least.

aolshield.jpg

 

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I just tried it, and it appears to work in Vista 64 bit as well!

Edited by OldSchool38

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I guess we'll see if they make any effort towards keeping XP & Vista support once firefox ESR 52 is no longer updated.

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@i430VX

Naturally, my next question is, why is it based on 52.3 and not 52.4? AOL Shield is digitally signed October 2, which is about a week after Firefox 52.4 was released.

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10 hours ago, sdfox7 said:

@i430VX

Naturally, my next question is, why is it based on 52.3 and not 52.4? AOL Shield is digitally signed October 2, which is about a week after Firefox 52.4 was released.

My best guess is because development takes time, and this probably isn't AOL's (Oath's) top priority.

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AOL Shield was updated to version 1.0.0.35 on November 1. Interestingly, there is no update mechanism in the Help menu. In Firefox, clicking on Help > About automatically invokes an update check. It appears AOL Shield updates in the background.

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Well, that didn't last long. The download page has been removed.

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the links you found for download still work, but just in case they cease to work, I have archived the last known version (1.0.0.35) on my server:

http://i430vx.strangled.net/files/XP/EOL/AOL Shield 1.0.0.35 Setup.exe

 

Edited by i430VX

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After significant research I could not locate a version later than 1.0.0.35.

Anyone have a paid AOL account, therefore access to their support people? If so maybe ask what happened?

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On 10/25/2017 at 6:21 PM, sdfox7 said:

AOL users: you may be aware that AOL recently discontinued free access with the traditional AOL client. The only way to access mail for free is to access it using a web browser and going to aol.com. To continue using the client, you must upgrade to AOL Desktop Gold and pay a low monthly fee.

I gave up on the AOL client when it was discontinued. I now access my AOL emails via SeaMonkey (IMAP). Have set them all up so that when I open the email client they are all together and no need to log into each account separately using a web browser.

Good Luck

Edited by risk_reversal

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11 hours ago, Donovan Valentine said:

You can access AOL Email by using AOL Desktop Gold. There are not big charges for this. I think these charges are affordable for everyone.

This is not an option for Windows XP. The AOL Desktop Gold installer requires Windows 7 or newer.

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@dencorso, what are your thoughts on this? ;)

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... :realmad: :realmad: Yet another spamming post (disguised as a help plea) right before this one, from - most probably - the same spammer, under a newly created account and associated user name... If you read this, move your spamming activities elsewhere :angry: ; most members here are smart enough not to click your spamming links <_< :thumbdown ; I trust the site admins will soon take care of you... 

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The 2nd post was not only spam; it was also deceptive: the link claiming to go to 123[dot]hp[dot]com actually goes to [...]!

@dencorso, could you please remove the offending post (or at least "neuter" the deceptive link)? Thanks!

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