Install and examined "BHO Cop" ... ( hmmm !!! )
Well.. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting to see.
In view of my recent browser "slowness" .. I suppose
I expcted to see a whole "swarm" mischievious little
"critters" lurking in my system.
But there are only TWO.
1) Adobe Acrobat Reader
2) Norton Anti Virus
Neither seems particularly ominous.
Both seems to be properly "registered".
That is they both have ActiveX ID numbers.
Both are Enabled.
And I see no reason to disable them unless I
experience a new rash of problems .. then I'll
experiment with toggling them on and off.
BTW .. I have determined that NAV auto-scan
does in fact slow-down my browser functioning.
I'll leave it *ON* most of the time when "surfing".
* ( discretion being the better part of valor ) *
Toggling auto-scan on-and-off is quick and easy..
without even having to re-load the browser.
Anyway ... Thanks for the "BHO Cop" tips.
I'll use it to peep under IE's skirt .. as a part
of regular and frequent sys-maint.