Your AOL version is quite old. Get the newest (9.0) and see if that fixes the issue. The disc is free at any major retail store (like circuit city.)
I was recently doing a long download and during the download AOL shutdown fairly often. I was on my daughter's computer, HP celeron, Win XP, AOL 6.0 and a dialup connection.
Could the shutdowns be caused by the dialup connection, AOL or the computer ?
Thanks for your help,