AOL

AOL 9.6

A full AOL web browsing experience

AOL 9.6 is an all-in-one web browser, search engine, and instant messaging client for America Online users. View full description

PROS

  • All-in-one internet browsing
  • Great, bright graphics

CONS

  • Installation can be tricky
  • Program crashes and freezes often
  • Requires many personal details upon start-up

Not bad
5

AOL 9.6 is an all-in-one web browser, search engine, and instant messaging client for America Online users.

If you've ever wished you could just package all your favorite web browsing features into one program, you're in luck. That's exactly what AOL 9.6 does. As a company, America Online has been churning out similar types of programs for well over a decade now, and they still appear to be going strong. With this new version of one of their most popular programs, users get an updated look, as well as a more integrated web browsing experience.

Probably one of the nicest features is the ability to search for specific topics online from the comfort of your desktop. AOL 9.6 comes with a gadget, where you can type in your search queries. Of course, in order to actually see the results, you have to have a browser available to bring up AOL's search engine. That's where this program starts to shine. AOL 9.6 offers you a browser feature, along with its competent search engine to find just what you're looking for.

Included as well is the popular messaging program, AOL Instant Messenger. Also known as AIM, this is arguably one of the longest running and most popular instant messaging programs on the internet to this day. The latest version of AIM comes installed on the program and is nicely integrated into the browser conveniently off to one side. It won't usually get in the way of your internet surfing expeditions, but it's there in case you want to chat with friends just the same.

Unfortunately, there's nothing overly innovative about AOL 9.6. Everything here has been seen before, and some might argue that newer browsers with social media integration do it even better. With Facebook chat built into browsers like RockMelt and Flock, it sometimes seems as though programs like AIM are largely becoming unnecessary. In addition, AOL 9.6 has a tendency of crashing or freezing up if you're running even a few additional programs at the same time.

AOL 9.6 certainly isn't breaking any new ground, but for loyal America Online users it's a nice upgrade.

— User reviews — about AOL

  • letoulousain

    by letoulousain

    "aol sucks..."

    AOL has become 1 of the worst website... page not loading, going blank or even black, long scripts errors and other scri... More.

    reviewed on August 30, 2016

  • howardharmsen

    by howardharmsen

    "Inconsistent performance with browsers"

    constantly has problems getting it to work. I update browsers as it tells me to do, it works for 2 weeks and then same p... More.

    reviewed on June 28, 2016

  • thorntop

    by thorntop

    "email is A+ but the browser F"

    i completely agree with Mizilavi.AOL still has a great filing system for emails -easy to go back and find anything and s... More.

    reviewed on October 29, 2015

  • janetbrady

    by janetbrady

    "It's good but I think it can get a whole lot better!!!"

    I like AOL but have to agree that it does keep crashing and when you go to a page to see something you have 7/8 of the p... More.

    reviewed on October 23, 2015

  • mzilavy

    by mzilavy

    "Tim Armstrong is a complete moron"

    I've been using AOL for 15 years and I am hooked on it mostly because of the email... BUT!!!! It keeps crashing and not ... More.

    reviewed on August 26, 2014

  • Sir JjStryyker

    by Sir JjStryyker

    "Hmmmmm!"

    I have the same problem with freeze ups. I run 22mps dn 2.2 up and still have major issue with freezing. This needs to b... More.

    reviewed on June 5, 2014