One of Many Ways to Keep Your PC Alive This just recently happened to my daughters' computer and I thought I would share this with everyone. A few months ago my daughters' computer died. My first inclination was that the hard disk crashed, as they had burned up another one the previous year. I try to keep them from going to KaZaA and similar places, but will they listen? Turns out, the hard drive was fine. What was wrong was there were 2,147 spyware files on it and it just finally gave up trying to fight it. I had downloaded a couple of programs on MY computer and was going to have them do the same, but apparently it was too late. I can't express enough how important it is for everyone, anyone with a computer and an internet connection, to get these 2 FREE programs and USE THEM OFTEN! Spybot and Adaware. I don't have the links right now but just search for them. They are free and they are wonderful. They will find more spyware on your computer than you can imagine. And will get rid of those annoying popups that we are all plagued with when doing multiple searches and while downloading our Sims gear. Another point that is also very important, you MUST have some sort of anti-virus on your computer. Get Norton, or secondly McAfee. Spyware programs will NOT detect trojans and worms and the like. Keep the junk off your computers and you will have better performance. Make sure you always turn your computer off when you don't use it, and do it correctly, from the start menu. Do regularly scheduled scan disks and defrags and periodically go through your computer files and get rid of old stuff. Peruse your Add/Remove Programs in your Control Panels and see what you have installed. And when in doubt... do a SEARCH. Google and Yahoo are a good start. There is a lot of info out there geared for the not-so-technically inclined. Learn about your computer, just like you needed to learn to drive, get the basics of how they work and how to take care of them and you will have a much better gaming experience and they will last longer. Happy gaming everyone!