How to Uninstall AIM Pro from Any PC

Tested: instructions are still up-to-date and work on latest version of AIM Pro as of 6-2-08.

As mentioned in Why You Want to Uninstall AIM Now, AIM has a lot of weaknesses that make it very unsafe, especially in light of the latest vulnerability exposed by Core Security researchers. It’s best to simply 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 Pro.

How to Uninstall AIM Pro

1. For Win XP users: Click your Start button and click Control Panel.
Click Start, click Control Panel, find AIM Pro, click 'Remove'. Click to expand all shots.

In Control Panel click Add & Remove Programs, then locate AIM Pro on the Add & Remove List and click Remove.

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

2. Click Yes to remove AIM.
Click 'Yes' to remove AIM Pro

You’ll see a dialog box that says: “Are you sure you want to remove AIM Pro from your computer?” Click Yes.

3. That’s all..
Now you'll see the message: 'AIM Pro was removed.' You don't need to restart your PC.

You’ll see the AIM Uninstaller remove AIM components for a few minutes, then you’ll see a dialog box that says: AIM Pro was successfully removed. You don’t need to restart your computer to remove this version of AIM, so that’s it.

4. Now click your Start button, click Search, click All files and folders, click Advanced Options, and click Search system folders and Search subfolders.
Deleting AOL's 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.

If you have any questions leave a comment or email me.

Also see How to Remove AIM 6.

4 thoughts on “How to Uninstall AIM Pro from Any PC

  1. Yesterday I accepted the FREE AOL Toolbar and then all havoc broke loose. I have used for many years at the address. I do not want to remove AOL, I do want to remove AOL. which now has registered jmoonshell212 address. I CAN NO LONGER accesss my aol mail and this a critical time as I am in the midst of negotiating the purchase of a HOME and receive information multi times in a day. I have no idea what I have may not received since AOL. has moved my account. I NEED MY account reinstated ASAP. Your assistance, as quickly as possible,appreciated. Janice A. Houser (This account may at one time been registered to Dennis Houser or B&P Imaging.


  2. Janice,
    I’m sorry to hear of your predicament, but I don’t work for AOL, so I can’t assist you with re-instating your lost account. The fact that AOL has become “Aol.” (which is what I think you were referring to in your comment) has nothing to do with what happened to your account.
    The company simply changed its name to lowercase-lettering and added a period to the end of it, but the fact that the head honchos changed the company’s name does *not* mean that then they went and changed all the customer’s account names, too. As much as AOL sucks, I can assure you, I do not think they would do that.
    If you are *not* the Master Screen Name holder for the account, you need to check with the person who is, to see if he or she got the account TOSed or canceled it without notifying you. Short of that, it sounds like someone might have hacked into your account and got it TOSed or canceled, perhaps to cause just this sort of mayhem for you.
    If you suspect such fraud, you should call AOL’s Fraud Dept. at 1-800-307-7969 to report it.
    AOL’s Fraud Dept. will take steps to help you get the account back, but be prepared to have the original account’s Master Screen Name, the answer to its security question, and the last four numbers of the debit or credit card number you used to open the account, or AOL will not even speak to you about it.
    If AOL will not even speak to you about it, be prepared to file a complaint with the BBB and with your State Attorney General’s Office (assuming you pay for your AOL account, you have every right to expect AOL to let you back into it if it was hacked, even if you cannot answer all of the questions that they will ask you).
    Read more here about how to file a BBB complaint against AOL and what your State Attorney General can also do to help you.
    BTW, I have an active thread on this topic going on another page of this blog, so I may move your comment and my reply to that page, since none of this is relevant to my AIM tutorial; if I do that, I’ll make another comment right here with your first name and a link to my reply so you can still find it.


  3. i NEED TO BE TAKEN OFF aol. ASAP. i CAN NO LONGER ACCESS MY jMOONSHELL@AOL.COM E-MAILS. i HAVE no IDEA where it is. Critical information is not available to me. I want to be removed from the AOL. service immediately, Thank you,Janice A. Houser


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