I don't know if I understand your NS7.2 issues, but it seems to me that you may have a profile issue. If you don't see any bookmarks when you select Bookmarks|Manage bookmarks, it means to me that you are not pointing to the correct folder. And, when that is combined with Mail loss, it seems again like a profile problem. Like, did it happen all in a sudden, or what? Where you cleaning up the program or did something to the profile?
But, all this is unclear to me.
Sillydog and other people were able to create streamline versions of 7.1 and earlier. But, permission was not granted by AOL to do anything about it.
so, if you want the name Netscape, and an unbloated program (or as bloated as you want it), there is Mozilla, and the Seamonkey suite, which are up to date, unlike 7.2. AOL was using Mozilla as a starting point, after all, putting its brand. so, why bother with Netscape?
As for NS8.1, derived in part from Mozilla Firefox plus all the AOL paraphernalia, you will not get much in a way of options. So far, all the evidence which I have is that the AntiSpyware in 8.1 is based on Stopzilla, a good program, but not identical to Pest Patrol. How do I know this?
1.I found a number of stopzilla.com cookies, only in NS8.1. I am using several other mozilla-related browsers, and none had stopzilla.com cookies.
2. Finally, a scan with Adaware brought up 6 spyware items, localted in the Temp files, and in IE cookies. I do not use IE, but they were stopzilla.com. When I quarantined the items, the Antispyware was disabled. At this point, I don't care very much, because Adaware has been known to see things, but it is very suspicious.
I think that you could send a feedback to Netscape, from the Help menu, to make the extras optional.
UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9a1) Gecko/20060126 SeaMonkey/1.5a