Couple of things to try.
1) do a search for global.org files and delete.AOL will rebuild the file for you when you log on. It may be that this back-up file is corrupt.
2) open the AOL desktop, but don't sign on. Go to the toolbar and click on settings/preferences/and then click on the Font/Text/Graphics link. You will see a small box with the number 40 in it. Reduce this to 5 save and exit back to the AOL desktop.
Close down the desktop and reboot your PC. bring up the AOL desktop again, but don't sign on. Do as in 2) above. This time reset the number to 40 save and exit back to the AOL desktop. Close down the desktop.
Open the AOL desktop again and this time sign on, you will see the graphics of the webpage rebuild as you log in. This should clear the freezing for you. If you still have a problem then please post back to this thread and someone will advise you further. j.