OK..I forgot to tell everyone that I also was running(??) Zone Alarm Pro. Forgot because there was some type of screw-up in that it was no longer on my bar. Therefore, I am running, in constant mode, the following: Zone Alarm Pro, Avast!, AdSubtract and SpySweeper. Is there a conflict that might have caused the problem I related in my original posting? Is my paranoia leading to problems that can be avoided by elimination of some of these programs?