If I understand, you're saying your hop link did bring up the proper landing page, but then the AOL browser went from there to a "page not found" message? Once you arrive at the landing page, our role in the redirection is already over, so anything that happens after that point would be due to something on the landing page itself. Perhaps the site has some sort of bad browser detection that isn't properly recognizing the obsolete AOL browser.
For what it's worth, very few people use the AOL software anymore, since that software was only ever necessary to start a dialup connection to AOL. Most people nowadays have an always-on broadband connection, so they don't need to dialup to AOL anymore, and AOL email can be accessed via AOL.com without using the AOL software at all.