Get Online with AOL
Whether you're on an old computer on new, dial-up or broadband, we have an option for you to safely connect to the internet.

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AOL Shield Browser

Optimized for older operating systems and dial-up internet connections, AOL Shield allows you to browse the internet quickly and easily.

*To enhance performance, when the AOL Shield Browser is launched over a dial-up connection, the security setting that blocks dangerous and deceptive content is disabled. To enable the setting go to the Security window under Options.

AOL Desktop Gold

The AOL Desktop experience you know and love plus enhanced security, speed, automated updates and live support.

Note: AOL Desktop Gold is currently unavailable for Windows XP and Windows Vista.

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AOL Shield Pro Browser

Get everyday protection with AOL Shield Pro's advanced safety features.

Note: AOL Shield Pro is currently unavailable for Windows XP and Windows Vista.
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AOL App

Access your AOL email anywhere and receive instant email notifications. Stay on top of breaking news, trending videos and much more - all on your mobile device.

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Q: Do I need an internet connection?
A: AOL Desktop Gold, AOL Shield, and AOL Shield Pro requires users to have an existing internet connection. If you use dial-up, you can use AOL Dialer and AOL Shield to connect to the internet over your phone line. Click here to view these dial-up products.
Q: What’s the difference between AOL Desktop Gold and the AOL Shield browsers?
A: AOL Desktop Gold exhibits a similar look and functionality as previous AOL Desktop software versions and comes with 24X7 live support, faster speeds and a higher level of security. AOL Shield is a great product if you’re looking for a secure browser and do not need support. If you’ve got an older operating system, AOL Shield is recommended.
Q: What happened to older versions of AOL Desktop?
A: AOL put safety and security at the forefront of our offerings to release new products that replace older versions of the AOL Desktop. All older versions of the AOL Desktop have or will be retired to help keep our members safer online.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: AOL Advantage plan members can use AOL Desktop Gold at no additional cost - it’s included in all plans! If you’re not an Advantage plan member, AOL Desktop Gold costs $4.99/mo. AOL Shield is a free browser for everyone. The AOL app is also free.
Q: What if I have an old computer?
A: Not to worry! A lot of our members have older computers and operating systems, which is why we’ve built products just for you. If you’re on Windows XP or Windows Vista, AOL suggests using the AOL Shield browser for optimal performance.
Questions?
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Q: Do I need an internet connection?

Q: What’s the difference between AOL Desktop Gold and the AOL Shield browsers?

Q: What happened to older versions of AOL Desktop?

Q: How much does it cost?

Q: What if I have an old computer?

A: AOL Desktop Gold, AOL Shield, and AOL Shield Pro requires users to have an existing internet connection. If you use dial-up, you can use AOL Dialer and AOL Shield to connect to the internet over your phone line. Click here to view these dial-up products. A: AOL Desktop Gold exhibits a similar look and functionality as previous AOL Desktop software versions and comes with 24X7 live support, faster speeds and a higher level of security. AOL Shield is a great product if you’re looking for a secure browser and do not need support. If you’ve got an older operating system, AOL Shield is recommended. A: AOL put safety and security at the forefront of our offerings to release new products that replace older versions of the AOL Desktop. All older versions of the AOL Desktop have or will be retired to help keep our members safer online. A: AOL Advantage plan members can use AOL Desktop Gold at no additional cost - it’s included in all plans! If you’re not an Advantage plan member, AOL Desktop Gold costs $4.99/mo. AOL Shield is a free browser for everyone. The AOL app is also free. A: Not to worry! A lot of our members have older computers and operating systems, which is why we’ve built products just for you. If you’re on Windows XP or Windows Vista, AOL suggests using the AOL Shield browser for optimal performance.

A: AOL Desktop Gold, AOL Shield, and AOL Shield Pro requires users to have an existing internet connection. If you use dial-up, you can use AOL Dialer and AOL Shield to connect to the internet over your phone line. Click here to view these dial-up products. A: AOL Desktop Gold exhibits a similar look and functionality as previous AOL Desktop software versions and comes with 24X7 live support, faster speeds and a higher level of security. AOL Shield is a great product if you’re looking for a secure browser and do not need support. If you’ve got an older operating system, AOL Shield is recommended. A: AOL put safety and security at the forefront of our offerings to release new products that replace older versions of the AOL Desktop. All older versions of the AOL Desktop have or will be retired to help keep our members safer online. A: AOL Advantage plan members can use AOL Desktop Gold at no additional cost - it’s included in all plans! If you’re not an Advantage plan member, AOL Desktop Gold costs $4.99/mo. AOL Shield is a free browser for everyone. The AOL app is also free. A: Not to worry! A lot of our members have older computers and operating systems, which is why we’ve built products just for you. If you’re on Windows XP or Windows Vista, AOL suggests using the AOL Shield browser for optimal performance.