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downloaded ICQ v 2.0 onto my mac powerbook G3, OS 8.6.

- went to the ICQ White Pages (http://www.icq.com/whitepages/search.html) on Netscape 4.5 to scout out fellow users.  
- Filled out a couple of search parameters and clicked the "Search" button to bring up a results page (http://wwp.icq.com/scripts/srch.dll).
- Found someone who lived near me, and clicked a "zoom me" button for more information on that user (that brought up a page http://wwp.icq.com/scripts/Srch.dll?Uin=7790511).
- on that screen, i opted to send that user an instant message, and clciked on a link called "message me" (http://wwp.icq.com/scripts/contact.dll?msgto=7790511).  

- and here's where my memory of the sequence of events gets foggy:
- when i did that (clicked on http://wwp.icq.com/scripts/contact.dll?msgto=7790511), i think netscape came on and said i was missed a plug-in
- don't exactly remember what happened, but now when i click that link, it opens with ICQ and downloads a file "contact.dll" onto my desktop

i have tried to stop this process, even to the point of removing the file extension .dll from the file extensions control panel, restarting my computer, but still the same event occurs.

what SHOULD be happening is that ICQ should pop up a dialog box to type a message into - what is wrong?
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redironmanCommented:
What you need to do first is not to click on <http://wwp.icq.com/scripts/contact.dll?msgto=7790511> ....  :))
Your netscape is looking for a plug-in for icq to use to contact with.  Did you have icq booted up at the same time?  If not, just use icq and the persons number (7790511) to contact them......
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jim123052397Author Commented:
cannot send an instant message to the person this way - only option is to add them to the contact list, which i do not wish to do right up front
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jim123052397Author Commented:
besides, i think this is a mapping problem because clicking on that link is causing ICQ to open the link and download the file to the desktop.
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redironmanCommented:
That's why I said not to click on it....  it downloads it on my machine also, and it looks like a plug-in document file that netscape needs to perform the task (dialog box) that you require.  Is it icq or aim that you can search for the person by their number and then im them without putting them on your contact list???
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redironmanCommented:
If you definitely want to do it through Netscape, take the plug in document and insert it into your Netscape plug-in's folder and reboot.
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jim123052397Author Commented:
thought i already did that and that is how this all started - otherwise, how do i get/find the appropriate plug-in?
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redironmanCommented:
Next time you try it and it downloads the .dll file, let it download and the take it from your desktop and install it in your Netscape Plug-in folder.  A .dll file is a document file that is generally used with or as a plug-in as well as an extension.  If Netscape tells you that you need a plug-in, then gives you this one, this should be the one to make your icq work on netscape....  
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jim123052397Author Commented:
by "install it in your Netscape Plug-in folder", do your mean drag and drop it into there?

and what do you mean by "then gives you this one"?

also, i assume that after i install the .dll file in the folder, i will need to restart the computer for the preferences to take effect
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redironmanCommented:
Yes, you are correct... take this file and drag and drop it into your 'Plug-ins' folder which is inside your Netscape folder, then reboot.  Netscape has a way of telling you what you may need for certain applications and then taking you right to the plug-in.  So basically, it is 'giving you' what you need.  Install, reboot, go to the page again, and see if it works...
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