How to Uninstall AIM 6 From Any PC

How to remove AIM 6

As mentioned in Why You Want to Uninstall AIM Now, AIM can be very unsafe, especially in light of the latest weakness found by Core Security researchers. It’s best to uninstall it and use something safer.

Messengers that I like are Pidgin (formerly known as GAIM), Trillian, and the latest version of MSN Messenger, which really kicks butt.

What follows is how to uninstall AIM versions 6.1, 6.5 and 6.8.

How to Uninstall AIM 6.1

1. For Win XP users:

Click your Start button and click Control Panel. In Control Panel click Add & Remove Programs, then locate AIM 6.1 on the Add & Remove List and click Change/Remove.

Click 'OK' to remove AIM now. Click all shots to expand.

For Win Vista users: Click your Start button and click Control Panel. In Control Panel click Programs and Features, then locate AIM 6.1 on the Installed Programs List and click Uninstall.

2. Click OK to uninstall…
AIM in the Windows Add & Remove List

You’ll see a dialog box that says: “Uninstall AIM 6? Click OK to remove AIM from your computer.” Click OK.

3. Remove your personal data, if you like…
Choose to remove personal data now

You’ll see the AIM Uninstaller remove AIM components for a few minutes, then you’ll see a dialog box that says: “Do you want to remove personal data such as AIM screennames?” Click Yes.

4. Almost done…
After removing personal data, click 'Close'.

Now you’ll see a dialog box that says “Completed”. Click Close.

5. Just reboot your computer.
Restart your computer to finish removing AIM

Now you’ll see a dialog box that says, A reboot is required to complete the uninstallation of AIM 6. Click OK to close.” Clicking OK will not reboot your computer, so to remove leftover AIM files and folders, reboot your computer manually right away.

6. Now click your Start button, click Search, click All files and folders, click Advanced Options, and click Search system folders and Search subfolders.
Removing leftover AOL files and folders in Explorer

Type “aim” into the search box without the quotes. Right-click and delete any AIM components that show up in results.

!Important If you’re testing AOL’s Helix software don’t delete anything in C:Program FilesAOLRCee. If you do, Helix will no longer work.

See my How-To section for more ways to get AOL out of your life.