Nonetheless, I feel your pain at having trusted the site and the hosting of "1,000s" of photos. As such, it is difficult for me to tell you to walk away from this. What I WOULD do, if I were you, would sign up for a year and then spend that year getting all your stuff off of there and onto a site that you feel more secure about and that plays nicer in the current net universe we all live in. With so many cloud storage options and hosting sites, that $100 could be far better spent than giving it to PBucket.
We all saw this coming when they started blocking images from the free accounts. Take my word, Len: Photobucket is simply not going to exist in a year or two, it is unsustainable with their business model. Move your photos or lose them.