My computer's (750 MHz Dell running Win 2K ) unable to connect to the internet, and has a couple of worms (W32.Swen.A@mm and W32.sdbot.worm.gen) wrecking it. The following are some of the error messages/problems that I've discovered : 1. Windows Task Manger shows two occurances of a process named svchost.exe. One of these is taking up 99% of the CPU. 2. Event Viewer had this error : Source = IPRIP. Description = "IPRIP was unable to create a socket for address 169.254.13.27" (is this some default Windows ip address ?). There was also the following warning : Source = DHCP. Description = "Your computer was not able to renew its address from the network for the network card with network address ############. The following error occurred : The semaphore timeout period has expired. Your computer will continue to try and obtain an address on its own from the DHCP server." 3. Command Prompt : trying "ipconfig /renew" gave me the following error message : "An operation was attempted on something that is not a socket." So what is your diagnosis of the situation ? What really has happened, and what is the extent of damage ? And what should I do about it ? Is my TCPIP stack screwed ? Should I reconfigure TCPIP (followed by deworming, of course) ? Should I format HD ? What is the least destructive means of remedying my malady ? Thanks all !