Many AOL users will see web images that are fuzzy, incorrect colors or otherwise degraded in quality. This is due to AOL's integrated browser's behind-the-scenes image compression. AOL's software is set by default to compress .JPG, .GIF and .BMP images further into their own ".ART" format, resulting in a far lower quality image than the original posted image on the site. The intent of the compression is to speed up page loading, by making the images on the web page smaller in size. This would be a great idea, except 98% of all web page graphics are already compressed (by the authors who create the images, including our website), and recompressing them saves little space, while greatly decreasing image quality.
Fortunately, you can change the image quality settings. If you would like to view web pages the way they were meant to be viewed - with clear, crisp graphics and pictures, we recommend you turn off AOL's automatic image compression. This will allow you to view images undistorted in their native format. Follow the steps for your version of the AOL browser to turn off AOL image compression:
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