Hi Nick, I was on a Windows tips&tricks list and I ask for help on my problem when Internet Explorer & Windows Explorer would not load and I was given the advice to go to Start > Run and type sfc /scannow. And when I did, the system asked for my cd's and I could not find it (2 years missing), so out of desperation I posted the same request for help to pcductape and you guys help me solve the problem by suggesting the culprit might be spyware and it was. What's interesting now is even if I could find my cd, I don't think the process (of sfc /scannow) would have fixed the unit and I would have ended up formatting my system and reinstalling. All along the problem was spyware and when I remove them (several), the unit is now working ok and I must add, much faster. I will add Pest Control and start using it too. Thanks for the advice. Yes, that's very true about smart people; they can make lots of money doing honest jobs but don't. I think it has to do with the thrill or excitement of knowing they can control (to some extend) a computer and obtain illegal (to them) information, like my social security number, bank account info, etc. It's very important to the average Joe, you & me, to keep spyware off our units. Identify theft is a real threat. A bank website might be as secured as the US Military but if the smart guys can come into a person's private home computer, he will not need to bother the banks for personal information. There should be a law. Carl ----- Original Message ----- From: nick bates To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2003 5:32 PM Subject: [pcductape] Re: Internet Explorer will not open Carl If I had to narrow it down to two they would be Ad-Aware & Pest patrol. I don't think any one can do all. Why not run all three? Do two at a minium for your computer's safety. I've lost to much stuff in last couple years not to do all I can. I got some real horror stories involving trojans and spyware. Why these guys don't write programs and make money instead of doing harm I can't figure out. Nick To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.