okay, let's see if i can explain this one - it just started happening today. 1. when i browse 'my computer' using windows explorer, i get the waving flashlight icon. it then takes approximately 30 seconds for the info to show up. obviously it should only takes seconds. i can browse my c or d drives with no issues - this only seems to happen when clicking/opening 'my computer'. the info does eventually appear - it just takes a long time. 2. when using internet explorer, when i type a "fresh" address (one that i haven't used before or no longer in my history folder, browser cache, etc) -- it takes nearly a minute for the website to finally pop up. if i go to my favorites though, it loads the website with no issues. it's only when i type a new url in the address bar. i've already run ad-aware and spybot - they found some stuff, but those fixes did not appear to fix the problem. i checked my hosts file and it looks good. i have one extra entry, but i think it's for my wireless printer (the ip address matches the printer). any ideas? i'd really really hate to do an os reinstall.