'a ton of antivirus/firewall sofware + music'....if you have more than one AV and firewall you do not need them. Have you cleqaned all yout Temp, temp internet and cookie files? Failing that, get a disk with IE 6 on it and start to load it. get to the typical or customise choices and choose 'customise'. Tick everything EXCEPT languages and media player. IE6 will be freshly loaded without any loss of info.