January 3rd was the first time in years of using EditPad Lite that it froze up rather than saving a file as it should've, and Sygate Personal F/W notified me it was trying to contact "ftpext.usgs.gov" (screen snapshot attached), and that the program had changed. I did some searching and found one association with a page I've visited often in connection with watching Mt. Saint Helen's. I don't see how it could be relevant, though, or why it would be. Since then, every time I save a new file in EditPad Lite, NotePad, WordPad, or PrintShop, those applications try to make that same mysterious connection. The details differ slightly. My computer gets hung up for about 15 seconds while the firewall blocks them, and then it unfreezes and saves the file. When saving files that are modified rather than new, it doesn't happen, and Word is not affected. I don't believe this is a malware problem, however it seems unwise to ignore it without understanding its cause. I've got screen snapshots of the complete information from the firewall messages for 3 different applications I can post if anyone wants to see them, too. I use XPHome SP1, current on M$N fixes through January 10. Have Sygate Personal Firewall, AVGFree, SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard. I keep MVPS HOSTS' latest version w/eDexter and use the Trusted and Restricted zones appropriately in IE/Avant. Firefox is my default browser. Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D are installed and I run them every couple of days. They never find anything but an occasional false positive. Per HijackThis, my system is squeaky-clean and WinPatrol reveals no processes that don't belong, either. Will attach a screen snapshot of the notification for EditPad Lite for now. Would be grateful for any input.