Howard, I had a strange experience. Even though I wasn't downloading anything & IE was not opening any page, there was a slow but steady trickle (aprox. 0.7 KB/s) for ten minutes. Since I couldn't figure out what was going on, I disconnected from the net. And, yes, Google had given me a message that there was a virus or spyware in my pc. AVG free & Ad-Aware didn't pickup anything. Can you pls have a look at the hjt log ?