the soloution was great but only intended for trend 2004...i have an updated trend 2002 and still i get a series of dos attacks whenever i log on to mirc so i have to reboot again. i tried looking for the exception folder myself and found it and included the mirc folder but still after a few minutes logging in it..same result..dos attacks..then reboot. thanks for the info and i apologized for asking...i must accept im a newbie to pc security. good day! smile