Hey guys, I'm definitely having a problem with my computer. For a while now, I've had problems getting online. It so happens that only every 4-6 restarts will my computer actually connect to the internet; all the other times it says that it's "acquiring network address" or the network icon doesn't show up at all. When I try to go through Control Panel to take a look at the Network Connections things grind to a halt. After browsing through various forums I decided to try running it in Safe Mode to see if viruses/malware could be the problem. The internet works without a problem in safe mode, which leads me to believe that it is in fact a problem with malware or viruses. I have disabled all services and processes other than those required by Microsoft on startup and I still have the problem. I've tried running anti-virus, spyware, and malware programs such as AVG, Spybot Search & Destroy, Ad-Aware, and Malware Bytes--they've found several problems but no serious threats that I can remember and all have been removed and I still have the same problem. I downloaded HijackThis to see if it could help, but I can't identify the origin of any of the codes within and I'm afraid to tamper with them. In addition to the internet problem, the computer loads a lot slower than usual. There is also a problem with the theme--it has reverted back to Windows Classic rather than Windows XP and will not stay. I have to go through services to enable the Windows XP theme, but on the next start-up it's always back to the Windows Classic. And on random start-ups explorer.exe takes longer than usual to load, so the user profile takes additional time to load, and brings up nothing but the background and takes even longer to bring up the icons and the start menu. In case the information is needed: Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ 2.70 GHz, 1.75 GB of RAM Any help with this problem would be greatly appreciated. Since the internet works periodically in normal mode I certainly believe it's a problem with spyware/malware/viruses but I have no idea where to turn to rid myself of the problem. Thanks for your time and help.