There's not only a problem with my compueter, but I might have hammered my mother's as well. First mine..... I think it occurs when I open up IE I get the following message: "Visual C++ Runtime Library Program: C:\WINDOWS|Explorer.EXE A buffer overrun has been detected which has corrupted the program's internal state. the program cannot safely continue execution and must now be terminated" If I then click OK it shuts down everything and all I am left with is my pretty desktop wall paper. If I don't I can go about my business but get constant pop-ups. I've run both Ad-Aware and Spybot and removed whatever they told me to. I've also been using Firefox, especially to use this site for much needed help. I found a thread about this "buffer overrun" message and dl'd HJT and a few other sites that thread suggested but wanted to get feedback from any, especiall RealBlackStuff who posted the info I've been following, to ensure I am taking the right steps...... Please help!!!!! I will post about my mother's computer at a later time.