Happy New Year All! I am hoping someone could shed some light on a recent "shut down" (very slow) problem I am now experiencing with my W2K machine. It was doing fine, and somehow I messed it up, and I am now trying to isolate what I did. I have SpywareBlaster installed with no prior problems. I also have SpyBot installed with no prior problems. These were all recently updated at the same time along with the following: I installed MRU-Blaster I ran regcleaner (jv16 PowerTools - also with no prior problems) and I ran MS Windows Update and installed all the latest critical patches I have checked and have no extra programs running, and my "start" file is still the same as before all the updates and upgrades. I am running IE5.5 sp2. I hope someone really sharp could please help with any suggestions on where to look! My W2K machine now takes 2-3 minutes to "shut down". It 'acts' like it is waiting for some process to "time out" before shutting down. Thanks in advance!