I use the AOL browser mainly because I`m used to it. I really can`t think of any other sensible reason to use the damn thing, except perhaps that it seems to stop pop-ups pretty well if you set it correctly ... it won`t stop AOL pop-ups, but that`s another matter.
They`ve recently gone back to the Google-powered version, much to the relief of most of us who thought AOL`s own, home-grown wonder was a pain in the neck, but whether or not that has been dumped is anybody`s guess since AOL likes to keep us in the dark most of the time.
I have an ethernet connection so I can use IE 7.0 when my AOL software connection drops to ridiculously low speeds and the AOL browser is a total waste of time.
Your friend`s choice, of course, but if she shows any signs of interest in Firefox, I think you should encourage her in that direction.