But just today the damned WinFixer2005 came back somehow! I already own Ad-Aware SE and have kept it updated and running all the time, but for all the good it does, it didn't seem to help prevent this insidious WinFixer thing.
Then today as I was reading through the instructions before getting ready to post another HJT log, I came across a product from PC Tools called Spyware Doctor (SD). I decided to run a Full Scan of both AA and SD. AA came back and said my system was clean. SD however, found WinFixer immediately in a local temp directory, as well as in a registry setting...amazing! I then registered their product and cleaned my system; my machine is now running beautifully this evening. Gotta say I'm very impressed! Any I'm not one who normally pitches a product.
Hopefully this discovery helps other non-techie home users who may be looking for something that actually works, and includes some great real-time protection tools to protect against a variety of other malicious things I probably don't fully understand. Their interface is similar to their other product I bought last year called Registry Mechanic...another helpful tool to keep the registry lean and clean. Anyway, good luck. mj