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How do I rid Outlook Express of AOL imap?

By Savage1701
May 18, 2009
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  1. I made the mistake of adding my AOL account to Outlook Express. After all sorts of email vanishing to gosh know where, I just gave up and deleted the AOL account. But AOL is still doing hinckey things like deleting brand-new unread mail. I have no clue some of the things I have lost.

    What do I do to undo all of this?

    Thanks
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Please tell me how you added AOL to Outlook Express.

    And have you tried just deleting the account?
  3. Savage1701

    Savage1701 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 279

    I googled "add AOL to outlook express" and found several web pages that showed how to add AOL to outlook express as an Imap account.

    Well, of course I tried just deleting the account. I said that in the opening commentary. I even went into the Identities folder and pulled out the inbox.idx thinking it was storing the imap info in there. In short, OE has got a hold of AOL and is not letting go.

    This is completely unlike anything else I have ever encountered with adding or deleting a POP account. When they are deleted, they are gone. Not the case with AOL, at least on my computer.
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    AOL is known for being tenacious! Back in the day of AOL v5, it took me a year to get rid of all the files and folders!

    The only thing I can think of since you have tried the obvious is to do a reinstall of OE- be aware that Outlook Express is part of Internet Explorer so it will mean handling them both- they are in the Windows Components section of Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel.

    You can give this a try: http://email.about.com/od/outlookexpresstroubles/qt/et_reinstall_oe.htm
  5. Savage1701

    Savage1701 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 279

    oh man, this is going to be a whole lot of fun...
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Give it a try. It will be worth it if it removed the AOL account. AOL never made removing it's files and folders easy!
  7. Savage1701

    Savage1701 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 279

    Found It

    Gmail had unilaterally decided it was going to retrieve my AOL imap mail. I never set it to do that. Ever. Problem solved.
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