got the exact same problem with the AOL software (same problem in 8.0 awa 9.0) here, just the other way round. Meaning: Any protocol EXCEPT for http is working properly, in other words, opening "normal" websites ist just painful and can last up to 4-5 minutes. IE, Firefox and other browsers are operating normally. Somehow the problem seems to be related with surfing through the AOL webcache/proxy. When disabling AOL Topspeed in AOL 9 client everything works fine, however AOL 9 is not an option because of the POOR support for international dial-up.
I'm wondering if you ever found a solution to your problem or if you opted for reinstallation.
Thanks in advance!