Thanks for the reply
XP Home SP3, Zone Alarm, Avast, Spywareblaster, Superantispyware, Malwarebytes. Broadband 8MB connection.
You're missing my point on the totals. What I can see and what you've copied is the total on my system, which, going back to my first post, was (and I suspect is) around 200,000 over what it should be. I'm basing this on comparison with what I could see (until a few days ago) at http://www.emsisoft.com/en/
But that total no longer appears since the MalAware 1.0 section was added.
On updating, the cancel/try again approach usually works, albeit not always at the first attempt.
I hear what you're saying about the currently up to date message, but given the slow program load, stuttering update and extremely slow update installation, I'm concerned that A2 may not be functioning properly.
As you'll see from my system info, I adopt a blunderbuss approach to security - if one doesn't get the nasties, the other will, so I doubt if my security has been compromised. I'm just wondering if it's worth continuing using A2.