OK, so I was helping my girlfriend clean off the spyware from her Windows ME computer this weekend… found something like 900 individual spyware components using Ad-aware. So, without thinking, we just deleted all of it. Bad move. We used the permanent delete, because, you know, who would ever want to bring the spyware back? Right? Wrong.
After a look through the list of exactly which spyware programs were found, I think the problem was in a certain spyware from “New.net”, which installed TCP and UDP “filters”. After its removal, 99% of the Internet now doesn’t work. (AOL works, for some reason, but no web pages - does it have its own non-TCP protocol?)
Some of the solutions I’ve tried are the WinME System Restore feature, uninstalling and reinstalling all Windows networking components, reinstalling and upgrading AOL, and searching the registry and verifying nothing in there makes any reference to the New.net files. Nothing worked. So, I find myself in a bit of a pickle here - just when I thought I would catch up with the deluge of spyware, I ran into problems that resisted all the effort I mustered. I don’t really relish the prospect of reinstalling Windows, which is the logical next step. Does anyone know how to get the TCP/IP stack back in working order without resorting to that?