There was a previous entry on this forum about this problem, http://keskustelu.afterdawn.com/t.cfm/f-151/avast_blocked_access_to_malicious_site-870357 but it was all in Finnish, so anyway here's my problem. When I connect to the internet, Avast keeps saying that it blocked a malicious url, which starts with cikh71ynks66.com but continues in what seems to be a long stream of random characters. http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y104/ervty/message2.jpg I'm also having a similar, but I'm not sure if related problem, where if I search something on Yahoo!, if I click a link, it pauses a second then redirects me to one of several crappy spam sites, like shopcompareus.com, www.ftd.com, www.localhometown.com, etc. you get the picture. My computer's getting over a virus that I accidently opened last Sunday, which originally disabled Windows Defender, Task Manager, System Restore, and Regedit, but after several virus scans was able to be removed, allowing the afforementioned programs to start running again, but leaving spyware and adware embedded in Internet Explorer and Firefox which so far haven't been able to be removed with AdAware or Spybot Search and Destroy. Also, I checked with my school and they're not allowed to do OS reinstalls anymore, so unless I want to go to a computer repair shop, my only choice right now is to try whatever I can to fix these problems on my own. Sorry for the long post. Please respond with any suggestions or questions.