I have unpartitioned the worst partioned drive I have ever seen, formatted the hard drive and reinstalled a friends Win XP. After connecting to net to install Spybot, Ad-Aware and Zone Alarm Firewall which I think are a must I have been plagued by tons of spyware / popups and over 15 viruses.
I am fed up now and am beginning to win the battle now all 'anti's' are installed. The spyware slowed system down so badly that a restart was needed each time.
In the end i downloaded Firewall, spybot and ad-aware to my usb stick on my pc then installed from that on friends PC. It seems to be working so far and each scan is now detecting less to sort out.
Lesson No 1:
Use a Firewall
AVG Free Edition does not work in Safe Mode or so it appears so I used Nortons System Works to start with
The problem you have is most spyware progs let spyware on to your PC and then detect it when you scan and only then do you have the option to remove it, this prog click here actually stops it getting on your pc,"or most of it anyway" its a worthwhile edition in your battle to stop spy/mal ware.good luck
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