There may be a problem with the AOL software you have on your computer.
It may have corrupted files or ?
In any case, try updating your software with the software on the free link.
It may be a newer version. First thing to do is to try and install it over yours as an update.
Also look through the help files on your AOL browser and see if there are directions for saving your profiles so that if you do have to completely uninstall AOL you will be able to restore your profile which should contain all the items you are afraid of loosing.
Let us know.
Also, it would be a good idea to run the Windows One Care Free Scan
Go to Windows Live Onecare Free Scan
It will say "Get a free PC safety scan"http://safety.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm
Make sure you click "Full Service Scan"
in the middle of the page and not the "Try It Now Free" on the right side.
Allow it to download an Active X component.
Choose "Complete Scan" in the window that opens
Do not click on anything else that offers you a free trial or to sign up if you live in the US.
Allow it to scan - it may take quite, maybe two hours or so depending on how big your hard drive is and how fragmented your registry and drive are.
It may not specifically assist an AOL problem but it will correct orphaned and corrupted entries in your registry which might have some bearing on the problem you are having and scan for malware - a very good thing to do for your computer occasionally.