Ro, thanks for the input. I have been reading for hours and hours on symantec, dell, aol and microsoft websites...I tried about 20 times to disable the windows xp firewall, only to have my settings not match what they said to look for. Well buried deep in one of the sites, it said that the windows xp firewall is already disabled, and I do not need to do anything. Plus, they said with an aol set up, I will not be able to disable the firewall using the control panel.
I am going in circles here. I have learned a lot, but I am tired.
I'll keep ya posted!