ok, i am going to use firefox. i am pretty familiar with it already as i was using it. until that guy told me not to. i already figured what you guys said about those comments held true. i am using an rme card. it is a top notch card for making music as i am a music producer. i am sure it is not intended to be used with something like foobar. however it has been working fine for several days. the bottom line is ie9 has to go. i am going to trust you guys and not someone touting their own product,duh. i am not doing anything special anyways. just the normal things a person would do on the internet probably. i have hardware and software firewalls etc. i don't need to be paranoid about it. i really do not feel the need to use a sandbox or anything. sure, some folks might disagree about that but i personally don't think i need to go that far. so i suppose this problem is solved. if it turns out to be my soundcard that is not a problem either. i have a drawer full of creative products etc. which, not the sound quality of the rme are in fact designed to be used with applications such as foobar. as far as other issues on the machine, i know my way around a windows machine so i am not worried that was the problem. thanks for the help guys.