Just a middle school teacher here, but need to know what is happening on my computer. I'm taking online courses that use Java. Today when every time I tried to send a reply it would take forever and not send. So I called the college who told me to revert back to Java 5, not my updated 6 version. I did that. All went along ok until the slowness...I mean the kind of slowness that makes you resort to mumbling and eventually restarting your computer. Ahhhhh! When it restarted, the icon for the Beta (old one) of IE is shady looking...like it is losing its pixels...fading. I have seen this before this week and ran all the common virus stuff. Voila! That fixed it. Now I want to know what is causing this. Any ideas? The two problems may be completely unrelated, just thought I would give you all the info.