How to Stop AOL from Popping Up at Start-Up

by Melissa King
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The AOL Desktop software comes with a Fast Start option that, when enabled, allows the program to launch as soon as you turn on your computer. If AOL Desktop slows your computer down when it boots, disabling Fast Start often fixes the problem. The software might also open automatically when Internet Explorer tries to find an Internet connection. Setting Internet Explorer to never dial a connection will prevent AOL Desktop from starting automatically.

Disable Fast Start

Step 1

Right-click the AOL icon in the Windows taskbar. If you don't see this icon, click the "Show Hidden Icons" arrow to reveal it.

Step 2

Select your AOL version from the menu that opens, and then click "Start-Up Settings."

Deselect the check box next to "Enable Fast Start" and click "Save."

Stop Internet Explorer from Dialing Connections

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer. Click "Tools," and then select "Internet Options."

Step 2

Click the "Connections" tab. Look for AOL and AOL Dialer in the Dial-Up and Virtual Private Network Settings box. If you do not see either program in the box, you don't need to change your connection settings.

Click the button next to "Never Dial a Connection," and then click "OK."


  • You can also stop AOL from starting automatically when you get online. To do this, deselect "Open AOL When I Am Connected to the Internet" in the Fast Start window.
  • If AOL continues to launch when the computer starts, you may need to reinstall the software.


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About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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