The wild tangent stuff installed by AIM does have entries in "add/remove programs". You can remove 99% of wild tangent using these entries. As best I can recall a folder or two get left behind and a registry entry. SPYBOT S&D will identify these leftovers and you can take care of removal.
> for future refernece, how would i delete a file at
> start up?
You can delete a file from the registry. Or you can simply prevent it from starting up when you boot up your computer (easier and safer for non-pros):
-- Go to Start -> Run
-- Type msconfig and click OK
-- In the System Utility, select the Startup tab
-- Uncheck any files you wish to prevent from auto-start on boot
-- When you restart your computer, a box will come up saying the file was modified and ask if you want to keep the modifications, tell it yes. -- Be sure you check the little box that says not to notify you each time, otherwise you will be get the notification on every boot-up.
Angela, thank you for the link for removing Wild Tangent. During the process of putting my pc back together, WT got installed today, I deleted thru add remove, ran Counter Spy which I thought got rid of the leftovers, then Spy Bot found the same thing. As a precaution, I used the removal tool you suggested. Computer all clean now.