I have XP home edition and task manager and active x have been disabled. I can re-enable both in safe mode but when re-enabled in full mode they are instantly disabled again. I have run scans with AVG, Stinger and Spybot (all with system restore disabled) both in full windows mode and safe mode. All did find various problems and cleared them but problem persists. (I think one of the other users got a bit frustrated with zonealarm asking them to allow what they wanted to do and started just saying yes to everything!) I have also used doxdesk.com to look for parasites, witch I had to do in safe mode with networking as it wouldn't check without active x, but this found nothing. I've checked Task manager in safe mode and there are not any processes running that look suspect but I'm guessing this is because whatever is causing the problem is not able to run in safe mode hence me being able to look at task manager. Also In full mode if you log in and then go to switch user without opening any programs you are shown as 5 programmes running on screen listing users. Other than sticking the recovery disk in and starting over I'm out of ideas. Anyone got any other ideas? Help would me much appreciated.