I just bought Port Explorer to help me find a problem with my Windows XP Home system. The problem is that Windows XP freezes for about 30 seconds after booting to the desktop. During this freeze period, I cannot start any windows applications, I can only open the DOS window and issue DOS commands. I put Port Explorer and TaskMgr in the startup folder, so that they would both start before the freeze. Port Explorer showed me that one of the SVCHOST processes is the culprit. The process is trying to communicate with "baym-td3.msgr.hotmail.com". Port Explorer resolves the name, but cannot ping it. I am assuming that this server has something to do with Windows Instant Messanger. Whois shows that it is a Microsoft domain. What is the best way for me to track down what is starting SVCHOST to initiate the communication? By the way: I have scanned for viruses (McAfee) and spyware (Spybot). The system is clean.