yea, like I said, its weird. I'm going trough everything, so far me and a support tech (Verizon DSL, using an interface similar to pc-anywhere) where really suprised at what happened when we set up a different acount, and ran AVAST (with no key-registration), a lot of stuff changed, he said he had never seen anything like it. I really dont know if its because its not registered, or the combination of different programs I have running although all virus/firewalls are disabled at this time. But as for the original problem (pondiferus), its not hard to fix, sounds like what you've done so far should take care of the problem, if it hasn't, you are probably missing some minor detail about creating a new account, and setting up the e-mail servers. One thing I learned, your mail settings may change after you run AVAST (wich you shouldnt do till you're 100% sure OE is working properly again), to something like 127.0.0.1, for both incomming and outgoing, thats normal, your OE should still work, you might want to check the FAQs for OE in the AVAST self help section, it tells you all about it.