I went to this one website which auto dl'ed all sorts of junk to my machine. I have run adware, spybot, and hijack this to get rid of teh problem. However, it will stay gone only for a few days and then return. What it does is- change my start page, ironically to one that prompts me to d/l an adaware type program, also, lycos search something or other to my desktop, and a bunch of junk programs to my HDD. Bargain Buddy and all sorts of other shit. What I have done is remove the stuff with the above mentioned programs, as well as run Norton AV just to make sure.. I end up deleting a bunch of files and yet, it still comes back. So now, I come to yall for help. HELP!!! Thanks. Also, if you recommend a reformat, what are the proper steps I should take when doing so. I would generally like to avoid this but will do it if it is the only way out. Again, thanks. Sorry for the novel.