Not only have I tried getting in while my firewall was disabled, I actually uninstalled my anti-virus at the same time to make sure it wasn't the culprit. And yes, I did reinstall it afterwards. Nothing seems to be working for me. I've never seen anything like it. I have the most up-to-date flash player installed, an older version of Java that doesn't decide for me what sites I can or can't get into (the nerve of those people), and the same version of mIRC I was using on my old computer. I'd think it was some settings in my firewall if I hadn't actively turned it off while trying to do these things. Microsoft support says it's a problem with mIRC. I say it worked fine on XP, so it's a problem with Windows 7 but how do you argue with them?