My sorry tale is this.
Last week my AVG antivirus bleats that I am infected. I check all the delete buttons but I'm overwhelmed with pop-ups.
So I download spybot and ad-aware SE and they clean up infections they identify but I've still got problems so I shell out for PC Tools Spyware Doctor but that is no good.
Then I find this site and read some of your solutions and for a few days things are OK. But yesterday my homepage is totally hijacked and I can't access my hotmail or ebay.
So I nuked the system and spent the rest of the day rebuilding. I've installed Aw-aware Se, Spybot, spyware doctor and AVG.
But it seems that these programmes are OK at detecting and doing SOME cleaning, but what's the best way of preventing the [bleep]s from getting on the system.