Maybe a new update: I've now discovered that whenever I try to log on to irc.solidirc.com (the irc I want to log on to) and get the "connection refused" message my virus protection shows that there was a port action blocked. What I mean by that is, I try to log on to the irc, it doesn't let me, my virus protection tells me 1 port action was blocked. I try to log on again, it doesn't let me, my virus protection tells me 2 port actions were blocked, etc. Could this mean that something in my virus protection is preventing me from accessing the irc? If so, how can I get around this? I said this in my original post, but I have the latest MacAfee OAS virus protection software. Any more help would be greatly appreciated.