Hey everyone! This is my first post here and let me start by clarifying that I am completely computer illiterate but hopefully the resident experts here will be able to help me out I'm having a slightly annoying problem using my "control panel". Many icons within it simply won't open claiming that "this program is in use by another application". I first noticed it today when I tried to open add/remove programs. It's alarming cuz I can't access about 85% of the applications within control panel since it always claims that it's being used by another application. I'm using windows XP. Was wondering if there is anything I can do or if this is the result of a known virus...just anything that could possibly help For any of you who do answer, if I don't respond rapidly it's simply because I only have access to the net on intermittent basis for the moment. Thank you in advance.