want to fight spyware...wear a condom... use ie-spyad ! add prophylactic protection to filter your computer from catching something in the first place. use IE-SpyAd. https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/ehowes/www/main.htm what is ie-spyad ? "ie-apyad is a simple Registry patch that adds a long list of known advertisers, marketers, and spyware pushers to the Restricted Sites zone of Internet Explorer. No matter what security settings you prefer in IE in general, your browser will automatically switch to maximum security mode when it wanders onto pages that are known to be 'high risk' Web environments. this has enormous advantages over similar fixes which rely on customizing the Windows HOSTS file, because IE-SpyAd doesnâ€™t really keep you from getting to most pages, it only bars unsafe behavior on those pages, and t leaves the HOSTS file unmolested so that it can be used more effectively for its original uses". http://aumha.org/a/parasite.php#tools i suggest u create a systemrestore point b4 trying it.