Thanks DavidT! That really sucks about the Earthlink thing. The thing is, I most always use my own domain email addresses, but earthlink won't let me use my own SMTP servers to send mail, I have to use theirs which I guess is what is causing me the problem. Luckily, I'm going to be getting a cable connection soon!
Wazoo, in general I do understand and respect FAQ and pinned posts on message boards. However, in this case, I did glance at those and was overwhelmed and confused by all the information in them. Plus, I didn't come to this site by choice really, I felt I was being forced to (with the link in the email) because of being accused of doing something bad that I knew I didn't do.