A friend of mine who has connections in high places told me that some MS updates are part of a DHS Patriot Act directive to discover who is browsing certain websites and read their file information. Although I have nothing to hide, really, I've found that my old 98 2nd Ed. runs better now that I deleted items 903235 and 823559. Of course I ran Adaware after the IE repair to remove the 7 Alexa objects as usual. I really know very little about computers, so am I shooting myself in the foot by doing this? Should I just go ahead and download anything from Windows update? Is there really a chance that my system will be attacked as they say if I ignore these updates? Should I just welcome big brother's post 9-11 Orwellian world? Your thoughts appreciated.