ok, I just saw that you have a server. does that handle all your DHCP and DNS?
No it is an FTP and webserver. My Linksys wireless G router handles the DHCP and DNS.
I am starting to see some other things happening. a few weeks ago I saw the anti-virus had disappeared, but I thought one of the computer-illiderate uninstalled it. So I re-installed and now just noticed Office is now gone. Starting to sound like hardware failure? Is the next step to crash and re-install XP?
sounds like your host file has been hijacked along with lots of other things
I would do a system restore.
run it back prior to any problems you have had. If that doesn't work, back up the data and reinstall XP.
Once spyware is on there is usually easier to back up the data and reinstall then to mess with it.
If you use outlook export your mail to a PST file and save that.
If you use outlook get the NK2 file
Data that may be written to the root of C
Data you may have on the desktop
Grab a case of beer and sit back and watch the paint dry or windows load... about as boring.