A little over a day ago, my AIM messenger (version 22.214.171.124. which I have kept due to preferring it and it being the version pre-installed on my system) was working just fine. Today, upon attempting to sign in for the first time since then, I have encountered problems.
For starters, I attempted to sign into AIM at the same time I signed into my web mail. This always works fine, and is part of my usual routine. I got an alert about the authenticity of the certificate in my browser, however. I clicked to deny the connection, and it stopped loading mail altogether. (Screenshot: here)
At about the same time, AIM came back with a "connection failed" message. I thought it might be related, though I'm not sure how since I was using mail in Firefox which is not my default browser or anything of that sort. I reloaded mail, read the details of the certificate, and decided to accept it for the session. It allowed me to log into and use Mail as normal.
AIM messenger, however, still refuses to connect for either of my accounts (sorchadevilbear and sorchainfinity). AIM Express works with both, as does my AIM mail. I have logged out and back into my computer's account (it's Windows Vista) but not restarted. Still no improvement. I keep attempting to connect, and it keeps not working.
I also tried "Auto Configure" but it made no difference. It starts with Connecting, gets to Transferring, then comes up saying the connection failed. I am not having any issues connecting to other AIM/AOL services or any other websites or programs that use the internet.
If it makes any difference, I have my screen names connected so that if I sign into sorchadevilbear, it also loads sorchainfinity and vice versa. I will be very upset if this can't be fixed without upgrading to the newer version of AIM because I don't wish to change from a program that normally works just fine. I have no alternate means of messaging aside from AIM Express, either, and I don't like to use that because I have a connection with limited bandwidth available.
If anyone knows what's going on or has any ideas of how to fix this, please help as soon as you can.