Last night when I was shuttting down, I got a message that "Dedsktop Proxy" was not responding, "End now." You've all seen that, but I never installed a "desktop proxy" nor would I ever run one without explicitely starting and monitoring it myself. I did a search, and "destop proxy" comes up as a Goolge item that you install. I would never install such software, so either I'm compromised, or it is some other inert function. Whatever it is, can any of you give me some insight? Proxies running without my permission are a BIG nono. Thanks PS--any files that I can search for to determine what software is installed as "desktop proxy" would be appreciated. I'm running Spybot, Adaware, AVG Antivirus ver.7.0 and Sygate Firewall.