The only applications I've self installed are spybot, adaware, cw shredder, spy sweeper, spywareblaster, adobe acrobat and Hijack This. Hopefully none of those carry spyware!
Those applications do not contain spyware. You should be OK in that respect.
I'm not very technically minded and, to be honest, I find Hijack This a bit scary. I can run the scan but I lack the knowledge to decide what's good or bad and I don't want to delete important stuff by mistake. I can't seem to find any tool in the program that says this is bad, this is good etc.
Yes, this program can be a bit uneasy to use, but if you follow the steps listed in the tutorial on this site, then you will be ok. Here is a link to it HI Jack This tutorial
. It will provide instructions on how to scan, and post the results to the site as a reply. As long as you do not check anything and click 'fix this', then no changes will be made. I am not a member, but after you post it, someone else will be able to help you with the fix.I can not stress this enough-DO NOT FIX ANYTHING UNLESS DIRECTED BY A MEMBER OF THE HI JACK TEAM!!
I've never tried running another browser and know very little about them. Is it possible to run Opera or Firefox side by side with IE? My instinct tells me that IE would start behaving badly if another "rival" browser was loaded, but I may be wrong - my knowledge on the matter is very limited.
You would think that is the case, and you are partially right. IE does not mind you having another browser running-you can switch between then back and forth as long as you like. The limitation is really that when you do updates for XP, then you need to use IE to do so. Other then that, you may find that Opera (I say this one, because I am more familiar with it then others), is superior to IE.
I haven't yet upgraded to SP2. The reason is that I've been reading quite a few horror stories on various sites, such as this one, about the trouble that people have had with SP2 so I thought I'd wait a bit.
I have upgraded to SP2, and there have been a few minor problems on my end. Specifically options on my video card that are no longer available. When they (my video card maker), makes an update to the driver specifically for SP2, then it will likely be fixed. Personally, I would not upgrade until your computer is working properly anyway. It is my understanding that reverting back before SP2 can be a pain in the head.
Hope you enjoyed yourself at the garage sale!
Thanks for asking. I enjoy the new people that I get to meet. As a community, we have them 3 or 4 a year, and it is nice to just spend time with the neighbors. Maybe make a little money on the side is not bad, but I don't necessarily look forward to it.
We are all curious like a cat. We wonder, we ask, we learn.
Please post back when a suggestion works, so that others may learn.