So here's the story... A while back, I think on 5/14/04, I installed a program on my computer called SurfFastNow. I got it from CNet. It was supposed to increase my internet speed (I have 56K, so I can use all the extra speed I can get.) SurfFastNow is a piece of crap, do not put it on your computer!!! Realizing that it didn't do anything and was nothing more than a nuisance, I uninstalled it. After I had gotten rid of it, SpywareGuard kept giving me alerts that some BHO was trying to change some settings on my computer. It gave me the option to keep the BHO or reject it. I kept telling it to reject it, but new alerts kept popping up. Eventually I got it to stop, I forget exactly how, but the next day I could not get onto the internet (I have AOL). AOL Help couldn't fix it, I tried everything I could think of but I couldn't fix it, so eventually I had to call Microsoft and they got it working. The problem was that although my computer was able to access IP addresses for websites, somehow the IP addresses for the websites that I wanted to visit got changed. My computer was trying to access the wrong IP addresses, and thus nothing would happen when I tried to go to various websites. I think this had something to do with Browser Helper Objects (BHO's), but I'm not certain about that. I uninstalled SpywareGuard because I figured that it didn't actually protect me so there was no point to keeping it. Yesterday I put on a Spiderman theme that I also got from CNet. It put some spyware and (I think) a couple Trojans on my computer, and it also made my computer freeze, so I got rid of it. But the same thing happened as before: the internet would not work! I was able to fix it today by restoring the spyware I had removed with Ad-Aware and the viruses I had found with AVG. (Note: I had Ad-Aware long before the first time the internet stopped working, and I installed AVG after I got the internet working again, with Microsoft's help.) After restoring these files I was able to get online again. I then re-deleted the spyware and viruses, and I am still able to go online. Could someone please explain to me what is going on? And now for my idea... Today I re-installed SpywareGuard because if this happens again it will alert me of any BHO’s. If I remember correctly, when it asks you if you want to keep the BHO or remove it, it tells you the CLSID. My thought is that I could copy this CLSID and put it into SpywareBlaster as a custom block, and that would prevent the problem from reoccurring and also prevent the BHO alerts from popping up one after another, since I think the same ones kept popping up over and over again. Would this work? Aside from me not downloading crap, which I have sworn to stop doing, does anyone have any ideas on how I can fix this problem for good?