OK, bear with me. I've never used a forum or IM, so I hope that I can figure out how to reaccess this forum later. I have just received a used Sony VAIO PCG-F390 laptop from my family. I wiped it and reinstalled, retaining Wdws 98. I accessed the Internet before installing all of my utilities and AV programs and obviously not yet installed Spybot or SpywareBlasters. Bottom line: I picked up some sort of malware, parasite, or something. Even though I don't use IE except occasionally, when I boot up it tries to launch IE to a site called CasnoPalazzo.com. I ordinarily use Mozilla. This Casino Palazzo always re-Places an icon named "Sex" on my desktop and reinstalls. I have run AdAware, ZoneAlarm, Spybot, SpywareBlaster, Norton Utilities and AV, etc. to no avail. I have tried to delete all temporary and Internet content files. This is so annoying even though I seldom use IE. Does anyone have suggestions before I re-reload the whole computer, that takes SO long to reload, download, and reconfigure, and this could just happen again if I don't load the protection before the Internet access.