I'm ready to re-format and start over tonight or tomorrow. I really need help here, I'm getting all kinds of Trojan attacks every time I visit GT or anywhere else. Grisoft AVS catches them, normally 2 at a time, and I run AVS several times per day now. I also run Ad-Aware but CoolWebSearch returns right away, as does Lycos Sidesearch, midADdle, Stat Blaster and other junk. I run Spybot S&D but it can't get rid of everything, and I'm current as of yesterday with all Windows 98 updates. My system is 1998 vintage Windows 98, too slow to upgrade. I just need to squeeze another 6 months or so out of it, then I may replace it with a Mac or a new box with Windows XP, and I might even move up to broadband at that time. What is involved in re-formatting? I think I understand that I will wipe out all programs and all files, then reboot with my original system recovery disk and application recovery disk. Then, how do I get back on with my Earthlink account? Once I get online, should my first task be to catch up on the last seven years of Windows updates to Win 98? Or should I first log on to Grisoft for AVS again? I've already backed up my essential music files, and there really isn't anything else I feel the need to save, except address book. If you don't hear from me, it's because I'm about to break my puter. Any serious (or humorous) comments or suggestions for this Noob's first re-format attempt? Have I mentioned that I obviously know very little about computing, even though I've had this for 7 years? Thanks in advance for any help!