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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Remove AOL Email Footer Advertising

Earlier this month Yahoo! Mail Blog announced that advertisements would no longer be included at the end of messages sent by Yahoo Mail users. The news brought hopes from other free Email users that perhaps Gmail and Hotmail might follow Yahoo’s example.

Last year I wrote how angry I was,(as a paying customer) that AOL started to insert advertisements at the end of my Emails. I even came up with a way around it although it was a bit of a hack.

Thanks to a tip from one my readers, I learned that AOL does provide an way to opt-out. I’m not sure if this is an official solution but it worked for me.

AOL users can click the following, remove the check box and click Save.

Remove AOL Email footer Ads
Remove AOL Email Footer Ads

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just noticed the same obnoxious AOL ads - maybe because AOL was pushing a hamburger show on my email! I tried your recommended link and fix – and it works. Turned it on and off, sent email to myself, and the ads appeared or disappeared as I directed. Thanks for the info - I'll pass it along to others.

12:45 AM  
Blogger Editor said...

I don't see any ads at the bottom of my Gmail emails.

Perhaps this is some setting or change I made 3 years ago but can't remember doing.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Jill F said...

Please HELP I can't remove the footer.....AOL has gotten wise........

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill--You are my newest hero. I'm not kidding. I was making myself crazy with those obnoxious ads at the end of my emails. Just when you think AOL and their minions can't be bigger jerks, they up and surprise you. I clicked on the link and voila! Gone with the wind. So, thank you, thank you, thank you. I'll pass along the info to whoever will listen and hail you as one of the good guys out there. My best, Sandra Miller-Louden

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just received the link to your posting and have attempted to remove the AOL advertising,,,,i receive a notice telling me that access is denied.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Unfortunately, AOL has moved this link. Luckily, anyone who was able to access this it appears to still work.
I'll keep my hears open. I'm now working on trying to stop the AOL search window from always appearing.


11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried the aol email ad removal and also got an error message that I did not have access to that.
Also i would like to know how to stop the search window from poping up when I sign on to AOL.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To remove the ads, go to AOL keyword "footer." That will give a checkbox to remove the ad.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried keyword "footer" and received the same "access denied" message as the link gave me. If anyone else has any ideas please post!

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:47am got it perfectly right. Just type in footer under keyword. I don't see why anybody would keep keep paying AOL after this.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The keyword footer worked for me. I'm a paying customer who was at my wits end having all those tacky ads at the bottom of my business emails. I wonder if the "footer" solution is only available to paying customers?

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found your site today and I can't thank you enough for the tons of solutions I have read in the last 1/2 hr!

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In case this hasn't been mentioned, you need to 'patch' every AOL screenname you have. Thanks, Bill ... it works great!

4:25 PM  
Blogger M Henri Day said...

'The news brought hopes from other free Email users that perhaps Gmail and Hotmail might follow Yahoo’s example.' - Odd ; I've been using Gmail since the epoch in which one had to apply for an account and wait for several months for Google to kindly accede to one's request, but I've never to my knowledge had an ad attached to one of my messages. As far as I know, Gmail is free from this sort of pollution, one of its not inconsiderable advantages....


8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to get rid of the AOL search box, type in the key word Search Window.
You can opt out there.
Believe me it works! : )

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the AOL email ads, I contacted my attorney today for the sole purpose of filing suit agains't AOl for forcing me to look at graphics that I find offensive for personal and religious reasons; specifically I have phoned AOL with absolutely no success and I have written as well with no response so I am taking legal action. I am fed up with being forced to look at pictures that I find offensive and PAYING FOR IT! I feel certain that I am not the only one....

11:56 PM  

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