Here is hoping someone can help. I recently had a 'request for internet access' pop up from Zone Alarm for the program RPCSS.EXE. when I tried to open MS Outlook. I refused it as I could not see a reason for the request as Outlook already had access. Outlook proceeded to lock up and through the Task manager I ended the process. When I attempted to open Outlook again it opened after a query whether I wanted safe mode (no) and there was no lock up and I was able to open and use the program without a problem. Since this first incident I have this problem each time I open Oulook for the first time after booting the computer, and then not again until it is shut down. That is until today when I tried to open it after leaving the computer on overnight and the usual problem occured, leading me to believe there is a time element to this problem. I am even more supicious. I have searched for a solution and as yet nothing seems to match the problem I am having I am running 98 SE and have Zone Alarm, AVG AV, Spywareblaster, Spy-bot, and Ad-Aware. All of which are up to date and the latest versions and have indicated nothing that seems to relate to the problem I am having. As well all Windows/Explorer security updates are all installed. The programs I have recently installed are the latest Java (1.5) and a defrag program from 'Executive Software' (since removed). I use the Java daily without a problem so I am thinking it is not the source of this problem. I have done a re-install of Outlook with no effect. I am complete loss as to what to do next or even if this is really a problem. Any help or direction will be appreciated.