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The problem is only partially AOL. Yes other people do encounter this problem, but most do not. The problem is more a Windows issue with a corrupted WINSOCK.
Try the following:
The following information will assist you in extracting the proper Wsock32.DLLfile from your Windows CD. This file is necessary in order for the America Online software to make a working, 32 bit connection to the Internet.