But I'd say since the problem seemed to start after installing the Google toolbar, that if nothing else, it's a great place to start.
Even though the AOL browser is likely based on IE, doesn't mean that all the various toolbars and other nicknacks for IE will work.
I'd start by uninstalling the IE toolbar from the computer, which hopefully can be done via the Add/Remove Programs tool.
If that doesn't worked, I'm tapped for ideas. After finding the AdBlock extension for Firefox, nothing else has been able to suffice for any extended period of time. You might look to see if AOL has any message boards to offer support for that browser. Someone there might have some more ideas.
I am running HP 2.60GHz/ 512mb DDR SDRam desktop and I also have a new Dell laptop XPS with 1024mb. Both running Windows XP (the laptop also has Media Center).
When I went online about 10 years ago, I started out with AOL and was familiar with the browser etc. This year AOL introduced their version of that browser that can be used with any ISP. I now use cable internet service and I tried the AOL browser just to see how it performed. I liked it so well on the desktop that I put it on the laptop. Everything worked well until I downloaded the Google tool bar and Google earth. That was the last time I was able to use the browser. I also have Foxfire but I used the different browsers for different things. Can someone tell me what happened to the AOL browser? I really liked the way the tabs and favorites worked. When I click on it, it refuses to load, no error message, nothing, the hour glass turns for a minute then stops. The same thing happens with both computers.