|"every time i try to open aol it crashes"|
Sorry to say, that is your first clue. Dump AOL and see if you still have the problems...probably your problems will be gone. AOL is one of the worst softwares ever to run on a PC, it clogs up the registry and makes for an overall sick PC.
You can actually still get your aol mail using webmail after you get rid of AOL. I would suggest that after you unload aol, be sure to use a free utility like regcleaner
to help remove all instances of aol in the registry.
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