How to Stop AOL Automatic Updates Alert

In addition to the web-based AOL service, AOL also provides software that can be downloaded onto your computer. Using this software, users check their e-mail, send and receive instant messages, browse the web or view AOL exclusive content. The AOL software includes a built-in update utility that searches AOL's servers to determine if you are using the latest version of the software. If a new version is available, alerts prompt you to update your software. The AOL Active Update software is not essential to keeping your AOL software up to date. Remove it if these warnings become too tedious.

Open the "Start" menu, then click "All Programs" > "Accessories" > "Windows Explorer." Alternatively, open Windows Explorer by holding the "Windows" key and pressing "E."

Click on the "C:" drive, located on the left file tree, then click "Search" at the top of the Windows Explorer window.

Type "anotify.exe" into the search box, then click "Search." The search yields two files named anotify.exe.

Right-click on each file matching the name searched in the search results, then click "Rename." Enter a new name for the files, such as "stop-anotify.exe."

Close the Windows Explorer window, then restart your computer using the power options on the Start menu. Once the computer boots, the AOL Active Update Software does not open.


To update your AOL software, open the software and click "Help" > "Check For Updates." If no files are found in the search results, click "Tools" at the top of the Windows Explorer window, then click "Folder Options." Click on the tab labelled "View," then select "Show Hidden Files and Folders." Click "OK," then attempt to search for the files again.

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Andrew Todd has been writing since 2006. He has written for the Consumer Search website and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.