Thanks for getting back to me. I use firefox and the startpage I use is a plugin for firefox called about:bookmarkshome, it uses your bookmarks as a startpage I love it and mom does too, I don't think it's what is doing it, but the more I think about it, it just may be. I also had installed this plugin on my laptop shortly before I started getting innundated with pop-ups.
As far as connecting to the internet, it's always on, cable modem, lan card, little blue "local area connection" screens in system tray at startup and always there. Do I get pop-ups with IE? I will never know, that would be the last program I would start on any computer, I don't want to come off as whatever, but I'm very anti-Microsoft, nuff said 'bout that.
Strangely enough I went to Adelphia's (cable Co.'s) site and they offer a program called Zero Knowledge Freedom Suite, I tried to install it and it ended up making the computer go into a restart loop that wouldn't end, that's gone, thay also recomended housecall, tried to run that and computer locked up and rebooted.
I believe that there is something going on deep inside this possessed machine that is not being detected.
Also all updates have been done and are done automatically with windows update.
I'm not really actively seeking a solution to the problem, I'm hoping it somehow convinces mom to give linux a shot.