I have found out through the anti-spyware process on this forum that my copy of XP is not genuine. Could this be the reason for my problems with spyware? Either way I'll be purchasing the genuine program asap as I don't want Bill Gates knocking on my door and throwing me in prison for fraud.
A friend told me that when viruses or spyware take hold of your pc sometimes you need to "de-frag" it and re-install all hardware. As I am a bit naive to computers and the systems that run them could anyone give me some advice on what to do.