Have you tried plugging it into a different USB port? That might help. You could also, if using windows, go into the device manager and delete the com ports while nothing is plugged in. You need to check a box somewhere to see the hidden devices though.
Bill, you ARE talking to yourself but that's not always a bad thing if you can answer your own questions. Thanks for posting your solution, many people will never let us know they got something fixed or will just say "fixed it" and that helps no one. Again, thanks and welcome aboard.