This may apply to IE6.0 as well:
Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
Double-click Internet, click the Connection or Connections tab, and then use one of the following methods, as appropriate:
With Internet Explorer 5 and 5.5:
Click LAN Settings, click Advanced, and then click to clear the Use same proxy server for all protocols check box.
Clear the contents of all boxes under Servers, and then click OK.
Connect and log on to America Online by using the America Online software.
NOTE: You cannot configure Internet Explorer to automatically dial AOL when AOL is your ISP.
This is from the microsoft knoweledge base. They are as mess up as AOL. I tried to clean it up as best I could so it would actually make some sense.
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