I have a hotmail account and, as I'm sure you all know, hotmail automatically scans all incoming email for viruses. I occasionally go in to clean out my junk mail and because I have my filter set to the max, it gets pretty filled up fast. I clicked on two separate emails in hotmail that had a virus (I didnt note the name... ) but read on. The first one I just clicked to pull up the email message, not the attachment. Hotmail had a message there saying "Hotmail has permanently blocked the following... " blah blah blah.. followed by the name of the virus. I clicked on "more info" and it brought up the hotmail search help feature so I just "x'ed" it out. Another message had an attachment that I clicked on (remember, hotmail scans it before opening..) and it brought up that it was infected with a virus so I backed out before downloading. My question (after this short novel) is: by clicking on the attachment, can it still get through even if not downloaded? Immediately after I got out of these two messages, I got popups from hell. I "Ctrl Alt Del" to check what was running and didnt notice any obvious SpyWare (remember, I'm a computer illiterate). I have an extra window on my taskbar that I can only see says "Windows - Microsoft Internet E..." but cant tell where it's coming from (when I click on it, my aol window stays up, but the Windows, etc. window is indented like thats the one I'm on). I'm preparing to do the Housecall virus scan online to check out if I have something, but now I've got it in my mind that maybe the virus can "squeeze through". Well geniuses? Can it?