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I've got a pretty bad problem and I need to get it fixed since finals are this week. I've realized for a while that I probably had spyware on my pc but really was to lazy to do anything about, especially since my computer was working fine. Now I have this icon (a little yellow triangle with an exclmation mark) on the bottom righthand corner of my screen and a window that pops up literally every five seconds telling me "windows has detected spyware". The icon and popup to nothing else. It's really getting annoying. Also, I just downloaded Ad-Aware 2007. I run it, but it doesn't find any critical objects. I also try to get rid of "privacy objects but ad-aware stops working. Any help would certainly be hot
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Looks like you're in for some fun and games removing that crap. This page HERE may help.

Alternatively, you could reformat your drive and do a clean re-install of your OS. It would probably be quicker.

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Spybot - Search & Destroy is a good program to clean your computer with. Try a startup scan once it's installed.

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How bad are "tracking cookies"? Can they do harm?
Fez: I am so excited about Star Whores.
Hyde: Fezzy, man, it's Star Wars.
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Cookies cannot harm your computer.

The main concern is that it's possible for 3rd-party cookies, from somewhere like Doubleclick, to track your browsing habits and display targeted ads based on the type of websites you visit.

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Get AdAware from Lavasoft.
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Tiptup said:

Spybot - Search & Destroy is a good program to clean your computer with. Try a startup scan once it's installed.

I'll second Tiptup's advice: get Spybot S&D, not only it can clean existing "intrusions" but also offers immunization to your system. And this method isn't resource-hungry at all (otherwise I wouldn't use it, since I always want as much free memory as I can).

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
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I use Spybot S&D too. Excellent tool.

Btw, did you manage to clean your PC windexed?
Fez: I am so excited about Star Whores.
Hyde: Fezzy, man, it's Star Wars.