Thanks cowboy. I realize now that my computer hasn't been acting normally since DSL was installed. Due to my ill health, my daughter did the installation for me, and, unfortunately, kept getting passed on from one incompetant tech support person to another at Sympatico.
I remember some time Grif telling me, when I had to upgrade from IE 5, that I should go to 5.5 and not 6, as it was buggy. One of the techs at Sympatico told her she had to upgrade to IE6. They also told her to uninstall my AVG. (She put it back)
When we eventually managed to get logged on, many changes had been made.
Regarding spyware, I do run SpyBot, ZA, AVG, but had trouble with AdAware, so, with difficulty, uninstalled it. I don't use IE, but use Opera. I use Internet Sweeper as the pop up stopper when I absolutely have to go into IE, but only as a pop up stopper. I don't like outside programs doing maintenance. Marianna recommended this little program a year or so ago, and it has worked well.
My e-mail is Netscape Messenger. I have the old Netscale 4.7, and as I don't use it anymore, I prefer not to update it. It's there just for the e-mail.
Right now, I think my first step will be to update Windows. Maybe that will do a "fix"?
In the past, it has always been when I make some change to something that problems occur. If I'd stayed on dial-up, I wouldn't be having this problem.
Thanks again. If I can't get on line, I'll check this site from my daughters' computer.