The following below is NOT about bashing AOL, and neither is this about negating the ability of current and satisfied AOL users to assess their web needs and to make apropriate decisions for themselves. I myself have used AOL back in OS9 days for many years, and it certainly did meet my home internet access needs. But now I am going to state a word of caution to anybody who continues to use AOL after migrating to OS-X, or is considering to do so.
First, for me AOL on OS-X stopped working after a couple of weeks use. No matter what I tried and what AOL support suggested, it would rather crash than ever again connect to the web. Similar behaviour has been reported many times; nothing new here. So I went to find other ways and services for my home web access needs, and now I am just as happy as before. Yet sure, changing services did cost time and effort, and I understand people trying to avoid that; I wouldn't have done it myself without AOL telling me either keep going under OS9 or Goodbye.
The interesting part starts here, months later. I couldn't establish a PPP connect to the web. When checking the console/system logs, I've found that OS-X missed some AOL ppp plugin. True enough, I had run the AOL deinstaller when I deccided to give up on AOL, and I remembered the AOL deinstaller upon finishing told me that he had removed all files execpt some items installed into the system. Nice, eh? Wait, there's more: Afterwards I found that the deinstallaion routine had done absolutely nothing expect for writing a big deinstall log. So, I killed AOL manually incl the AOL ppp plugin, by searching for all files with names containing "AOL". Obviously, some reference to it was still lurking around in the system.
Searching the web, I've found that I also needed to remove a file called "postoptions" which AOL installer had placed somewhere deeper inside the system. After sending it to digital heaven and restart, the PPP connect I had been not been able to make despite all trying worked in an instant.
When I turned back to my work though, I notice that hundreds of files and folders in my Documents folder had their creation and modification dates reset to July 4, 2004. I remember vaguely that the "postoption" file had similar date stamps. Bad coincidence? Maybe. You may want to backup everything right before deinstalling this software.