A virus changed the settings on my computer and modem so that when I tried to update any of my security programs, the softwares' updaters were secretly re-directed to various malicious sites. This re-direction occurred even though the information in my firewall's "Allow/Block" pop-up SEEMED to be correct. I discovered the re-directions by checking the IP ADDRESS displayed in the firewall pop-up at a WHOIS registry website. I could not eradicate the virus and/or rehabilitate the settings, so I had to re-install Windows. Unfortunately, I had to do it from the hard-drive's re-installation section, rather than from an installation CD. Therefore, I cannot be 100% certain that there will be no recurrence. I would like to verify that the destination address for Spywareblaster's Updater is correct before I update. My firewall's "Allow/block" pop-up declared it to be "126.96.36.199". The WHOIS website identified it as belonging to NetDNA.com, which is merely a content delivery network. On another occasion, the stated address was the name "s3-1-w.amazonaws.com".