I think this is way out of my scope, so I just ask for a recommendation on professional help. I've never taken my laptop to be serviced anywhere before.. Thinkpad T61 I believe it's 3 year hardware and service warranty is now expired( recently too, never got to use it). I think I got something while trying to find a recent tv show episode online, though my pc was kinda acting up here and there beforehand. IE will open then crash. FF will not open but a box comes up saying it crashed and will try to send an error report. Crome won't respond when I try to start it. Oddly my gmail notifyer works and is conveyed to the Internet. The pc days the local and Internet connection is fine too. I've got Avg antivirus Spywareblaster Adaware None will run but spywArevlatwr seems ok just can't update. Windows update won't work. Tried system restore several times and it didn't work. Finally tried a slightly different way and got it restored to some pointback in'08! But that didn't help. Typing from my iPod, so I'm trying to keep it simple. If this gives a feel for what I'm working with maybe you may have a recomendation for me? Not sure whatere to start. I've been plowing through stuff all day just trying anything I find that lookslike it either fixes stuff or diagnoses. Thanks for anything !!