I have done the READ & RUN ME FIRST thread. i got slammed pretty hard on 21 Feb with quite a few problems. now that i got most stuff taken care of, i still have a problem with a program that wants to intall itself on start up: TACore.msi. i cannot seem to find it on google or anywhere else. i also keep getting popups blocked and when looking in the My Computer history in IE i find these: file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Dorian/Local%20Settings/Temp/NDr40.tmp.html....file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Dorian/Local%20Settings/Temp/NDr41.tmp.html and there are a more of those too. attached are the scans as requested. thanks for your help.