Seemed to have fixed my problem; I did remove the proxy line from my main.cf but i also needed to update my clamav
inorder to do that i had to
kill all of those processes
then i had to add
deb http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile etch/volatile main contrib non-free
to my /etc/apt/sources.lst
then i had to install the newer clamav components
apt-get upgrade -s
apt-get install clamav-freshclam
i didnt have anything that would break with apt-get upgrade so i went through with that and it upgraded the clamav-base installation.
everything seems to be working hunky dory now.