Well fellas, I don't know if I am really gonna tackle this once and for all. I read Jason's reply (three times) but at 1am, it never sunk in so my brain juice is still on low even at 2pm today. Before I get started with his advice, let me say what I've done thus far.
I ran all my programs to see what they would find (again). Lately, I've had no luck whatsoever with Spybot S&D. Adaware only a few harmless cookies. But, Spysweeper found 4 items, 10 traces. I've seen this first one a few times but can't say whether or not it's a big concern.
Adware Found: CWS NS3 (7 traces)
Cookie Found: HowStuffWorks (1 trace)
Cookie Found: Atwola (1 trace)
Cookie Found: Pointroll (1 trace)
I do have CWShredder but since I always run Adaware first, then Spybot, then Spysweeper, CWShredder comes up clean. I don't know why I run them in that order though,
. I'm assuming CWShredder would pick up that CWS NS3 is what I'm getting at, lol.
I have checked my task manager and msconfig and those have nothing out of the ordinary. I only run regedit when I know what I'm looking for to have removed.
Anyway, because of a previous, yet recent, thread, Koan suggested I go to HowStuffWorks so I'm not leery of that at all. Atwola I have seen before but not sure where it comes from. Pointroll I've never seen before.
Whoever would like to spend a few minutes of their Sunday afternoon researching those or just advising me about one thing or another, please feel welcome. As always, I'm ever so grateful.
P.S. Thank you for the great praise on the screenshots! ~~BOWS~~