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DeadAIM (originally De-Ad AIM) was a program created by James Dennis[1] to add new features such as tabbed conversations (which ended up being available in standard AIM until its shutdown) and to disable the advertising in AOL Instant Messenger (AIM).[2][3] The last release of DeadAIM was version 4.5 in 2003.

In mid-2003, the rights to DeadAIM were sold to America Online effectively ending the development of the program.

JDennis was able to modify the framework of AIM with the use of API hooking. DeadAIM used an OCM file, similar to a DLL, to load into AIM. JDennis had benefited greatly by creating somewhat of a partnership with AOL. This allowed him to add several features more easily and also allowed him to create DeadAIMRegIn, an official AOL bot, to confirm registration information and prevent software piracy.

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  1. ^ Bass, Steve (2004). PC Annoyances: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things about Your Personal Computer. O'Reilly Media, Inc. p. 78. ISBN 0596005938. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Internet Utilities". PC Mag. June 17, 2003. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "Techtalk". (Podcast). 10 July 2004. Retrieved 25 July 2020. go to 25:43 for DeadAIM discussion