I've been dealing with this for months now. I just put it aside for a while, but now it's really starting to bug the crap out of me. I've had this happen to me TWICE on two different computers. One running XP and one running 98. (i don't have the 98 anymore so I'll just be talking about the XP). I have a laptop that has XP Professional installed with all current updates. I have the Windows Firewall, and the pop-up blocker that comes with IE. Now I had NO TROUBLE running Shockwave things until I downloaded and installed Spyware programs. In one day, I downloaded Spyware Blaster, Spyware Guard, Spybot, and Ad-ware. I've looked in all these programs to find something enabled that would cause Shockwave content to appear with that stupid little box with an "x". Can't find a thing. I have even gone as far as uninstalling ALL the spyware programs, turned off the pop-up blocker & the firewall, rebooted. Used Macromedia's uninstaller program. Rebooted, Did a clean install of Shockwave, and still NOTHING. Now Flash stopped working as well, however, all I had to do was go to Macromedia's website and reinstall Flash, but for some reason that won't work with Shockwave. Now as I said before, I had a computer last year that was running '98 and the same thing happened. Now on that computer, there was no firewall, there was no pop-up blocker. The only things were those same programs I listed above. I've cleaned out my temp. internet files & all the cookies. I've contacted macromedia, but they're USELESS!!! SOMEONE PLEASE HELP! P.S. I did have zone alarm installed at one point, but no longer have it, however, i am almost 100% sure that I had no probelm with Shockwave while it was installed. Not only that, I definately didn't have it on that '98 pc i had last year, and yet the same problem occured.