I went to "configure firewall", then "programs", and then looked under the manual confirguartion for AIM. The rules for it were set to "automatic," and I changed that to "permit always." Now, when I tried to log back into AIM, the same window came up, saying that the rules were automatically set for AIM, and I was blocked out again.
I then went back to the configure option of the firewall, and said that only what is listed as manual would be followed. I disbaled the automatic part of the firewall. I set AIm back to "permit always" and tried again. NOw, a window popped up when I tried to log on, asking what I wanted to do with AIM. If I didn't answer the option of "Automatically Setting Up Rules for AIM," then this window would pop back up after I hit the OK button. It woudl do this until I did that option. So, now I cannot log into AIM without disabling my firewall. I have never had a problem like this with Norton (where a manual change in connection would be basically overidden by the automatic rules).
Please help me keep my firewall, but allow me to use AIM. I have had AIM and NIS 2005 for a long time, but this si the first time this problem has ever happened.