I am posting this here because although I've seen other threads about it and the explanation, it still seems suspicious to me. here comes the log: SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log https://www.superantispyware.com Generated 05/22/2008 at 02:24 AM Application Version : 4.1.1046 Core Rules Database Version : 3466 Trace Rules Database Version: 1457 Scan type : Complete Scan Total Scan Time : 00:49:45 <<< LOG CLIPPED BECAUSE OF SIZE>> now, as per other such threads, none of these things exist on my system. I find it very odd that a driver not being loaded would cause the program to see hundreds of things that are not there. if I may be indulged here, I would appreciate a more indepth explanation of how this driver problem leads to the scan results above. it can be handled in PMs if desired. after fighting with malware for the past several years, I've grown more than a little paranoid.