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I have two personal friends who have had their aol e-mail accounts hijacked.  I am receiving .php files and clickable links ending in .exe.  When she tried to contact aol they told her that they cannot do anything since it was a free account which is BS.  I can alos see that these e-mails are going out to people in their address book.  I can provide both e-mail addresses apon request if needed.  I have also contacted my internet provider which obviously will have more muscle.
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MY AOL account has been hacked into also....free acct too.. people are getting pissed off at me ..!!! I blocked it and told all to do the same..... AOL is the easiest email to hack according to a techie friend of mine

ok obviously you didn't read what I wrote: 

Make sure you have antivirus protection on your PC.-----I dont have the virus

· Ensure that your antivirus software is up-to-date.----NOTHING to do with my PC

· Run a complete scan of your computer using your antivirus software.---Nothing to d owith my problem

· Change your AOL password at password.aol.com.---I am PRETTY SURE she is not able to log in to her e-mail because someone changed the PW or she had canceled the e-mail account.

· Review your ?Away Messages? ----This has NOTHING to do with AIM, or ANY type of away message

· Review your ?signatures? for AOL Mail, ---WHAT?  Again NOTHING to do with what the problem is

Hey but thanks A LOT for the GREAT help

Same thing has happened to me.  AOL won't help.  They suck! I have deleted my contacts, and am now using another email service.  I set up my AOL account so long ago I don't remember remember either of the answers I would need to change my password.  Obviously AOL doesn't really care if they are spamming the World! except if you are a paying account!  AND the fact that I paid them for 15 years previously doesn't matter.

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