Thanks for all of the swift replies! I really appreciate it! Also, thanks for the welcomes'! I've been a long time lurker & fan of the forums. I just usually don't have much to say. Well, unfortunatly for you I have quite a bit to say today! haha
Ok, I'm going to take this one at a time.
BlobFisk --> win98se - with the very latest in updates. I'm a bit of a fanatic about updating everything in a timely manner. My Nortons is also as current as possible. To cover the fact that Nortons might be behind I ran seperate online scanner tests through Trendmicro & Macaffe. Trust me when I say I know first hand that a virus solution isn't always on top of it's game (not a knock against the company I used to work for! & no I'm not spilling the beans on the name. For all I know some of the network admins I worked with lurk here also). I have completely uninstalled & reinstalled IE6.
Vkaryl --> I just downloaded firefox & installed it. So far I like the way it looks & feels. Thanks for the welcome!
jimbeetle --> Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately everything is up to date. I do have all the current patches & updates.
gi3wgk --> Thanks for the link for my krnl386 problem. I'm going to try your suggestion. I'm sure it's a video problem also. But I can't figure out why it only occurs when my dial up is running.
Kaled --> I suppose that running IE & starting dial up are 2 seperate processes. But, in this case I haven't been able to figure out how to seperate them. I click on my dial up icon, it dials away. If it does not encounter the problems I mentioned & is sucessful, my IE is automatically started. Is there a way to maybe seperate the seperate processes? I can shut down my virus protection & firewall. But, I do not have any current processes running at start up that do not need to be there. I will however try what you mentioned. It is entirely possible that my virus protection is causing the problem because that is the only other thing I allow to run at start up beyond window functions.
henry0 --> Nope, spyware isn't the problem here. I am currently running the latest version, completely updated spy bot. I have hijack this, ad aware & spy sweeper.
>>>>> Thanks a bunch! You've all given me some really great places to start digging for more info on this problem. I really needed a bit of fresh input since I was pretty much at a stand still with ideas.
I would like to figure out the problem so it does not occur again if I choose to dump IE & go with firefox. Though, I do have yet another question. I've read that other folks have kept IE installed & only used periodically. While they used Firefox as their primary browser. My question is: How did they get their dial up company software to accept it as the primary browser. I currently run netzero (yes, I am a cheap chicago polack) & in my maiden voyage I set Firefox as my primary browser & netzero didn't pay attention. Other than the obvious (stop being so cheap & get a real connection) has anyone else run across this problem? I generally only use my dial up to upload files to my ftp server & occasionally wander here & there, so getting a better service isn't really needed.
Still with me? Wow, glutton for punishment aren't you! Sorry for the novel! Once again, my thanks to everyone!