AOL5 on Win98SE uses 80% CPU after exit

I am running AOL5 on Win 98SE.  When I exit AOL5, the CPU shows 80% usage.  When I log back on to AOL, the CPU usage goes back down to 5-10%. It is normally this low when no apps are running. Is there something AOL runs in the background that I can kill without rebooting?  I have check the task manager, and there is now AOL related item listed that I can see.

Also, AOL is listed as my internet provider on my machine.  It gets into an endless loop trying to log on when an app tries to go online.  How can I switch my default interent program back to IE5?
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You can learn what is running and have each item identified during the process. Try this once with AOL running and then once without AOL running and then compare the two to see which items are run by AOL and then we can see what can be eliminated. I suspect though that you may want to know there is very little you can do about it though, as this is one of the issues contained in a class action suit against AOL by about 1100 AOL 5.0 users as well as an FTC investigation. This includes your second problem as well, but the second one we can resolve.

Click Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Information. Now expand the Software Environment and then click on Running Tasks. This will show you everthing that is currently running.

Internet Explorer checks to see if it is the default browser each time it starts. If Internet Document (HTML) files are associated with a different browser when Internet Explorer starts, Internet Explorer recognizes that it is not the default browser and should prompt you to make it the default browser, however AOL disables this.

You will need to determine which program Internet Document files are associated with in Windows 9X, follow these steps:
1. On the desktop, double-click My Computer.
2. On the View menu, click Options, and then click the File Types tab.
3. In the Registered File Types box, click Internet Document (HTML). The program listed on the Opens With line in the File Type Details area is the program that Internet Document files are currently associated with.

4. Now change the association to Iexplore.


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tclaridgeAuthor Commented:
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tclaridgeAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help.
On the first point I still need help.
On the second point, I took your advice and was able to swith the file associations back to iexplore.

I did a comparison of tasks running with AOL closed and open.  The only difference was with AOL open the waol.exe was added to the list.  However, when AOL is running, the CPU drops from 80% usage back down to about 9%.

I still need help figuring out which apps is hogging the CPU.  I use NT at work, and there is a "processes" tab on the task manager that show CPU usage by application running.  Is there anything like this I can do in Win98 to find the out of control app?
TC, unfortunately there isn't one in 98 (wish there was too!), and I've even looked at a few of the third party apps available and found them wholly inadequate and misleading. What I normally do is what I showed to earlier and I just minimize it and then terminate running apps until I find the offender.
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