Serendipidous I found you guys a couple of days ago. Had a lady friend and her kid over last nite. After they left, I used ie's drop down menu on the address bar. Like always it had the history of url's I had typed, but I was surprised to find 2 of the "sharing hand" icons I used to see at work when a directory or printer was shared with the network. Got a cold, clammy feeling. I updated and ran ad-aware, spybot S&D and x-cleaner; no new issues. I tested my zonealarm at shieldsup!. Still at 100%. Even looked at Start/Programs to see if anything new had been installed. Nothing. I still don't have a warm fuzzy feeling about this. Yet, interrogating her her 15 yr old after their first evening over is not a palatable option either. So, please give me the answers to two questions. First, what a sharing hand icon means when it appears in ie's address bar? What other ways can I verify my box's security? FYI, I'm running XP with IE6 and I'm current on the latest patches and upgrades. In terms of computer literacy, I'm a step up from the average pc end user but can't even spell mcse. Would appreciate the help.