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Use Little Snitch to block AOL AIM client ads Apps
AOL hasn't updated their Mac client in years, so why must we keep looking at their blinking ads? This is a bit of a hack, but a rather innocuous one. You see, each time you launch AIM (which should be rare; but sadly there are still features that only work in the official client), it establishes a network connection to annoying-ad-central and picks something nice and obnoxious for you to enjoy.

But with Objective Development's Little Snitch ($25 shareware), you can actually prevent your client from ever communicating with the ad server. Instead, all your client will be able to display is a tame AOL logo. When I tested it, I simply allowed connections while signing-on, and denied connections after my buddy list appeared. The client was fully functional, sans ads! Perhaps someone can tell us precisely which servers to block...

[robg adds: I'm not sure what the chances are that AOL will update AIM for the Mac, but if you're blocking their ads, there's a chance you're directly impacting those odds -- lower ad revenue means less incentive to create a newer version. This assumes, of course, that AOL has a way to track ad revenue back by client version, and that they do so...]
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Use Little Snitch to block AOL AIM client ads
Authored by: popguru on Sep 07, '05 10:12:11AM

I used to block all AIM ads with Little Snitch by blocking port 80 for the AIM app--this takes care of all the ads and didn't cause any problems for me (that I noticed) with other features. I'm using Adium these days though, so I haven't tried this in a few months.



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Use Little Snitch to block AOL AIM client ads
Authored by: frickster on Sep 07, '05 10:19:36AM

You could also edit your /etc/hosts file to point AOL's ad servers to something local; for example, I point them to localhost. That way when AIM launches, it can't find the ad servers and you don't get seizures from their moving ads.

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Use Little Snitch to block AOL AIM client ads
Authored by: luomat on Sep 09, '05 01:16:05AM
127.0.0.1       ar.atwola.com


add that line to /etc/hosts and it appears to block the ads.

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Use Little Snitch to block AOL AIM client ads
Authored by: mike3k on Sep 07, '05 10:54:21AM

Why not just use iChat or Adium? Both are a lot better than AOL's official client.



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Use Little Snitch to block AOL AIM client ads
Authored by: frickster on Sep 07, '05 10:58:03AM
Because there are still some features that only the AOL AIM client provides. Not that I personally care -- I've found work-arounds for me.

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Use Little Snitch to block AOL AIM client ads
Authored by: boredzo on Sep 07, '05 07:04:52PM

what features are those?



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Use Little Snitch to block AOL AIM client ads
Authored by: derPlau on Sep 07, '05 11:05:25AM

What are the features that only work with the official client?



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Use Little Snitch to block AOL AIM client ads
Authored by: ZBTK on Sep 07, '05 11:57:46AM

The official client has better file sharing; you can set a folder as 'shared', and your buddies can download from it at will.



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Use Little Snitch to block AOL AIM client ads
Authored by: momerath on Sep 07, '05 11:52:12AM
you can also add an entry to the firewall to block out connections to aol's ad servers:
sudo ipfw add 100 deny from all to xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

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IPFW
Authored by: ever on Sep 07, '05 07:53:52PM
Did you get this to work? Your syntax caused me an error, so I changed it to...
sudo ipfw add 100 deny all from any to ads.web.aol.com
...which worked in terminal, but doesn't seem to block the aim ads. Hmm.

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IPFW
Authored by: Puzo on Sep 07, '05 10:59:51PM

you need to enter IP address (numbers) not domain names.
there are several IPs associated with aol ad servers named ads.web.aol.com:
64.12.174.*
152.163.208.*
205.188.165.*



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IPFW
Authored by: Puzo on Sep 07, '05 11:03:29PM

Just wanted to add: I use Netbarrier's Stop List to block out annoying IPs - works very well.



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