after reading the articles here, i've done the following:
-downloaded avast, unchecking the incoming/outgoing scans.
-made sure that the SSL boxes are unchecked in windows mail.
i'm receiving incoming mail, but i continue to get this when i send/receive:
The message could not be sent. The authentication setting might not be
correct for your outgoing e-mail [SMTP] server. For help solving this
problem, go to Help, search for "Troubleshoot Windows Mail", and read the
"I'm having problems sending e-mail" section. If you need help determining
the proper server settings, please contact your e-mail service provider.
The rejected e-mail address was 'taintedme@xxxxxx'. Subject 'll',
Account: 'mail.tampabayhummer.com', Server: 'mail.tampabayhummer.com',
Protocol: SMTP, Server Response: '550 Authentication is required for relay',
Port: 25, Secure(SSL): No, Server Error: 550, Error Number: 0x800CCC79