Just let AOL sink!
The problem with AOL is that it had an absolutely awful user interface. It tried to provide its own browser and download files in a foirmat that was incompatible with anything else. They tried to provides loads of content when all you wanted was access to email and the worldwide web. They seemed to assume that all you wanted was what AOL provided.
The one good thing was that you got three months' free service in which to sort yourself out with a decent ISP.