Today started out with this message: One of the files in the registry database had to be recovered by use of a log or alternate copy. The recovery was successful. First I tried a system restore point and it didn't get better. Then, I thought I was being smart and used my new found skills with the recovery console and went through the motions with it. Turns out I almost killed it... so I used the copies of the system restore point registry files that I needed last time.. and she came back to life. Now however, I 've got a new version of my problem. If I run anything directly related to windows, explorer takes a shi... shi.. a ... shiii... dump. I can't get into any folders, I can't start IE (fortunately I hate IE so I use firefox instead and it seems to be mostly unaffected) I can't run a downloaded file that I think may help me.. (that being KillBox to stop a particular dll from being used at startup-- because this thread seems to sound like my problem: http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/1122527413) Everytime I do one of those things, I get the message that Windows explorer has encountered a problem and needed to close. Anyway, the worst part is I'm sitting here with a mortally wounded 3200+ AMD, 250gig Windows XP SP2 behemoth.. and my stupid old Windows 98 machine still works happily. WTF? Can anyone offer any help with this one? Give it to me straight doc.. I've got ... a virus haven't I?