For some reason my computer seems not to allow cookies. I know this because when I sign into hotmail sometimes it tells me that they aren't allowed even though I've seen them when i'm doing a clean up. This seemed to start when I upgraded my Zone Alarm. So far I can't find the option in ZA to change the cookies and when I look it up through Windows itself the function resets itself whenever I change it.
The computer is also freezing up when shutting down, sometimes it makes it through others it freezes on the wallpaper or on the 'windows is shutting down screen'. Whether its due to the cookies thing or a possible problem with the registry (as was suggested by someone else) I don't know.