http://www.freep.com/money/tech/mwend22_20021122.htm >>>It is intricate computer software, said Ralsky, that can detect computers that are online and then be programmed to flash them a pop-up ad, much like the kind that display whenever a particular Web site is opened. "This is even better," he said. "You don't have to be on a Web site at all. You can just have your computer on, connected to the Internet, reading e-mail or just idling and, bam, this program detects your presence and up pops the message on your screen, past firewalls, past anti-spam programs, past anything. >>>>> I guess now I know what those message popups I have to keep closing now and then are. Now we know this idiot suceeded. But here's a question... Can't Microsoft Develop an anti-Spam program integrated directly into Outlook Express? It would scan it for certain words and block known spam accounts from reaching your inbox. They would either be deleted automatically, or sent to a seperate web page hosted by Microsoft, where you can access these emails and delete them manually. They could also develop a program that somehow blocks these desktop pop up adds. Can it be done, and would Microsoft be willing to spend the time to do it?