A year ago AOL started offering Active Virus Shield, a free anti-virus package based on Kaspersky antivirus. The company has now stopped distributing this software. The Active Virus Shield web page now only shows the information: “We’re Sorry! AOL Active Virus Shield is no longer available.”
However, AOL has not abandoned its antivirus initiative, but merely switched suppliers. Their security page now offers a special edition of McAfee’s VirusScan Plus, free of charge. Users with a valid AOL user name can download the program from AOL; those without can register an account for free.