When I've turned my computer on the last couple of nights, it's taken much, much longer than normal to get to the log-in screen, and after I type my password, it takes a couple minutes before loading my desktop image, and then another couple minutes before my toolbar and desktop icons come up. I happened to read canexplain's thread the other night about how he'd contracted a Trojan virus on this board; fearing that may have been the culprit when my computer took so long to start last night, I ran my anti-virus (Avast). It didn't locate any viruses and I ran Ad-Aware afterward and got rid of 8 tracking cookies. I restarted my computer and everything started up smoothly. But then when I turned my computer on tonight, it took a really long time again. I'm not computer illiterate but I'm also not the most knowledgeable when it comes to sussing out viruses. Could it be that I've contracted a Trojan and that's what's responsible for my start-up being so slow? If so, why would that have been missed with my anti-virus? Can anyone suggest another anti-virus that works more effectively? Also, I have Limewire and notice that whenever I launch it, my computer starts going *really* slowly. I don't use it too much anymore as a result and am thinking of just uninstalling it from my computer. Is there something I could do to salvage that program or is there another that anyone could suggest getting? Thanks.