Whenever you connect to the Internet, your computer is issued an IP (Internet Protocol) address that is unique to your computer. This IP address is assigned by your network router or ISP (Internet service provider) and can be seen and tracked by website servers. Some websites use your IP address to track your computer in order to limit your usage of their free services or for the purpose of marketing. If you use America Online (AOL) to connect to the Internet, you can change your IP address through the settings in the AOL Desktop program.
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Download and install "AOL Desktop" if necessary.
Launch the "AOL" program.
Type in your AOL username and password, then click "Sign In." Allow a few moments for the program to connect to the Internet.
Click the "Start" menu button and type "cmd" into the "Search" field. Press "Enter." Type "ipconfig" into the command prompt and press "Enter" to display your current IP address. Write down the IP address and close the command prompt window.
Click the "Sign Out" button at the top right corner of the program window.
Click the "Connection Options" link in the "Sign In" dialogue box. Click "Continue," if necessary. Click the "Broadband" tab.
Click to select "Add Broadband Profile" from the "You are currently editing settings for:" drop-down menu. Click to select a username to be used with the new profile.
Click to change the "Connection Type:" drop-down menu to "Home Network." Choose "Automatic Proxy Configuration" from the "TCP/IP and Proxy Configuration" settings.
Click the "Save" button and close the "AOL" program window.
Right-click the AOL icon in the status areas of the Windows task bar and choose "Start AOL Dialer."
Click the "Start" menu button and type "cmd" into the "Search" field, then press "Enter." Type "ipconfig" into the command prompt and press "Enter" to display your current IP address.
Compare the displayed IP address to the IP address from step 4. A different IP address indicates that the IP address changing process was successful. If the IP address is the same, repeat steps 6 through 10, then run "ipconfig" from the command prompt again.
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