My son got a shitload of spyware, malware, and og knows what else installed on my computer because he visited some goddamned site to find cheats for his Playstation basketball game. He denied downloading anything, so it seems the spyware can be installed on your hard drive just by loading a web page. Web users beware!
I now have four different antispyware programs (Spybot Search & Destroy, Ad-Aware, SpySubtract, and AOL spyware protection). Each of the 4 finds stuff the others missed. All four of them together cannot get rid of the maddeningly persistent spyware that keeps coming back no matter how many times you delete it.
One of the worst is MyWebSearch, which has permanently infected Internet Explorer, stuck toolbars on it that can’t be removed, and now my whole computer runs so slow it’s nearly unusable. There are others too that keep reinstalling themselves even though I keep deleting them.
When I use Windows Explorer to find the file folders where this crap lives, I delete manually as much as I can, but certain .exe programs and .dll files cannot be deleted. I get error messages popping up saying these are protected or in use by another program. I have updated all the antispyware programs I’m running, but I guess the latest updates haven’t yet included these files so they remain untouched and untouchable.
I’m at my wits’ end, and am now going to back up my files and just reformat the hard drive as a last resort. How do you do that?