Thanks Notageek. i already have SSM & Reg Prot. i don't have them running because when i first downloaded Reg Prot & installed it, i couldn't figure out which programs to allow & which not to allow(so i erased it with Goback). Now i know when you first start Reg Prot to generally allow everything, but after that is where the problems arise. I mean how do you know what changes to allow? Seems abit complicated to me and i don't want to screw up my system. I'm assuming SSM is about the same as Reg Prot when it comes to the registry monitor part of it. They seem like good programs and i will eventually choose one or the other when i finally figure them out- someday. i just wish they were a bit more newbie friendly.