ok, will check out that task manager, thanks.
one other thing though...
thanks for the effort. i just did a spybot search and destroy and have noticed the following entries...(see attached pic)
most are cookies which are no real threat (i think) but the few registry changes are worrying.
not only that but i've been getting the same results for 2 weeks now each time i do a spybot search and destroy.
does this help at all? i'm still convinced i have a problem. just noticed today that 3 rundll.exe are running (see 4th pic).