About IM Catcher

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About IM Catcher

IM Catcher intercepts instant messages (IMs) from Usernames that are not listed in your Buddy List and alerts you so that you can decide whether you'd like to respond to the message.

When the IM Catcher notifies you of messages, you have the following options:

  • Open IM: Opens the message. All subsequent messages from that Username will arrive as normal messages and not go through the IM Catcher tool.
  • Buddy Info: Gives you information about the person who sent you the message.
  • Block: Ignores the message and blocks all future messages from that Username. You can unblock the Username later if you so wish. To learn how to do so, please read our online help article Control who can send me an instant message (IM).
  • Ignore: Ignores the message and all subsequent messages from that Username during that online session.
  • Ignore All: Ignores all the messages currently in the IM Catcher list.

Note: Screen reader users may want to disable the IM Catcher feature as it can interfere with screen readers.



Related Articles:


IM Catcher FAQs
How do I control who sends me Instant Messages?
How do I manage my Buddy List/IM settings in the AOL software?

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Last updated: 09-20-2011
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