Ya. Take it from someone who has been in the IT biz for almost 10 years....AOL is not only terrible for the customers in many ways, but its terrible for the Tech. that has to work on your PC after AOL shreds your Windows Registry.
I remember a long time ago when I found out that AOL MADE you use their software, and you could just use their dial-up number(s) and set up a connection through windows. TERRIBLE. I had Earthlink back in the day, and never even installed their software, just used their number to dial-up. Nope, AOL dont let ya. They make ya fill ya PC up with a maelstrom of crap N piss, Just about all of which is incompatible with everything else out there. AOL preys on the unknowing with the old "AOL is easy, so if you dont know crap, you can use it" mantra.
Did I mention it was terrible?