I frequently find that arcmap and catalog leave orphaned processes running after closing arcmap or shutting down catalog. I can end these with the task manager of course but its a giant PITA. I am running Windows XP pro with sp 3, ArcGIS Advanced (aka ArcInfo). I've seen one reference to a bug that relates to use of the MOLE extension but I do not have that installed. Has anyone else run into this issue or have a solution?