I have been using Aol for over 12 years. So far.."Knock on Wood" have not experienced such. Having said that, McAfee could very well play a Large part in that being. In addition I personally have all of those intrusive/persistent Advertising cookies Blocked in my Parental Controls.
Plus I find that enabling blocking of "Malicious Sites" with-in Parental Controls to be most effective.
Therefore, I rarely if ever see any pop-ups/ads. In addition, I certainly do not subscribe to "The Huffington Post" as it is clearly a "Biased/Opinionated" source of political nonsense.
Thanks for the valuable info Peter
One down, 20 million to go...LOL