Hello. I was sent to this section from the Malware Log Check section. I have a Dell PC with XP and a dial-up internet conection with AOL, and my main browser is Firefox.
For the past year or so, AOL has been having an issue with re-dialing, disconnecting. Sometimes, a web page will say it cannot display, and then a little box will appear in the conrner of AOL, saying it's redialing, and it will have four steps of initializing, dialing, connecting and requesting network attention before it disappears. And sometimes, it doesn't get past the second step of dialing, it stays on it and then AOL signs off. However, if you press the red "X" on Firefox to stop a page from loading as soon as you see that box, it seems to really help decrease the chances that it won't finish dialing up.
The most annoying, though, are big downloads and loading online videos. They were already aggravating before, as my dial-up meant they take hours, but lately, if something takes more than an hour to download, it will most likely not get to finish because it will need to re-connect. Also, my avast! antivirus needs to update to the latest version. This takes very long so I usually let it load overnight, but lately by morning AOL has disconnected, and it doesn't get to finish.
I know that when other applications and folders are left open for a long time, Firefox can become very sluggish. Same goes for if the same window of AOL is signed and connected for like a full day. And it seems that this also increases the likelihood of AOL re-dialing/disconnecting/signing off.