(a.) I'm an idiot, or
(b.) An awful lot of people are overlooking the use of a fairly quick, simple resolution to a spyware or malware event in many, many instances.
By simply using System Restore and grabbbing a date far enough in the past (llong enough in the past that it was before I noticed anything odd going on), I've been able to recover from the spyware mess (pop-ups, icon tray, browser and desktop takeover with Spy Sheriff) fairly quickly. That is, after the frustrating search for what it was, convoluted explanations on how to fix it, then suddenly remembering System Restore (poof - done - gone).
Granted, it may not work for every problem, but it's so simple to do, why not try it first? (As a 'non-fix' would be easily returned to the present date.)
Thoughts? I realize that if you have work files or programs installed since your System Restore date, you have to be careful which date you choose, but it has worked very quickly, effectively and painlessly for me.
I'm curious what the spyware / malware gurus think of this.
(from the philosophical writings of 'Keep it simple, stupid' and 'Make sure that there's gas in the car and the battery works before you decide to replace the engine.' )