I am in total amazement atomic war. The spybot link proved extremely usefull indeed. I downloaded it, and then started a scan. After the scan completed it showed 6 problems that I immidiately recognized as being the culprits. I hit, fix problems, and voila , in a few short seconds all 6 problems were now gone.
As a secondary , I hit 'system restore' and much to my utter amazement it was as it should have been. This is a first for me, that is to say anything that I have ever downloaded that actually corrected a problem I may have had. Fantastic.