In response to Evhead's post regarding 'free.aol.com' being mysteriously added to his list of trusted Internet sites, I decided to put it on another special list. For that matter, I should add the whole aol.com domain while I'm at it.
I'm certain that an AIM or Netscape installer created that setting. Unfortunately, Windows software can do just about anything it wants on your system, so who's to blame them for trying this? Sure, it's unethical, but did you really expect AOL to have a conscience?
Sure enough, the registration process at free.aol.com does try to install an ActiveX control to update your computer with the latest AOL client. Un-be-liev-a-ble.