My initial interest (irritation inspired, I might add) in the way my PC worked when using it online came from Chat Room experiences. My time online had been probably under 24 hours when I decided to try Mozilla browser, which had a chat feature that is like AIM, I guess. (I've never used AIM). Well I read a bunch about IRC in general for a couple o' days. Joined. Went to the Help channel. Learned about a lot... the nick registration, some "protocol", etc. Then I tried "trivia" with the "trivia bot". Killed a keyboard competing on dialup with some quick-witted cable users. Had fun, until *wham* the flooding. Weird, I thought. OK, so a couple days later, some PM activity, having a few channels open at the same time for added variety & to keep active then *boom* I'm kicked off in a d.o.s. attack. Huh? A couple days later, I'm searchin' for answers to the question of "Why am I banned". They say it's my ISP has had "reports". Wait 7 days or some such nonsense. A week goes by, I think, OK... I'll bite & sure enough I'm back on DAL net. Now, I'm typing whatever name comes to mind to see if there is a channel. Of course I can start my own, since using that technique I find empty spaces. Along the way I find some strange stuff. Emails I'm getting, odd exchanges of communication. All music related names seem to be in the control of Arabic organizations? Basic language barriers, to be expected, also. Computer chat rooms full of , well...how can I say it, arrogance? Pecking Order Hierarchies? So, it's been a month and I've found foul-mouthed sites, sorta-weird pseudo-sexy stuff, a lot of emptiness and the trivia goes on night n' day. Well, I gave up. For the most part. I did get my PC all fouled up, so I found in a round-about way bleepingcomputers. Learned some lessons. Internet Relay Chat goes on daily, something to it I guess.
Sorry to here about your troubles.
I can relate to 'em. Not much I can do about 'em.