I am not sure what exactly the problem here other than it is Internet access related and I am not a newbie but I am stumped here. I just got a new machine AMD3000+ and installed WIN XP and SP2 but not all the newer updates since the machine gets the blue screen of death if I do. And I have a few windows opens with java applets and stuff streaming all kinds of data. But it seems when I go to another site it exceeds something and the system comes to a stand still. The CPU performance usage goes to over 90% from under 5% normally and stays there. I can shut down all programs and windows and it still stays 60% or higher. So something in the operating system is going in a loop. But I can still get fast downloads like before using the cable modem 64K. It is just that the rest of the system is really sluggish. Does anyone have any ideas? I am sure this is one of the microsoft hacker hole patching problems they have introduced since it has never happened before.