Is there a free version of Spysweeper?
Like I said in my earlier post, you can download a trial vresion. It is free for two weeks.
On that note, how can I train up on the use of HJT?
There are training programs available at a few sites around the internet, including this one. It requires a great deal of study. Perhaps months worth. More info on the training program here at BC can be found HERE
HijackThis is an ennumerator.
It lists what is found in certain areas of the registry, or system files, in an easily accessible manner, so that those familiar with the use and reading of HijackThis logs and windows programs can determine what is infecting the machine and how to remove it. Spaces, extra characters, spelling, file location, plus numerous other subtle changes all make the difference between a good or bad file entry.
It is not a removal tool.
It will indeed remove the entries listed, but that does not cure the underlying problem.
The problem must be properly identified first, and cured, prior to removing the entries with HJT.
Otherwise you leave the infection and remove the keys which are needed to identify and remove it .
Removing entries in HJT before the problem is properly identified, and correct removal instructions posted, can make the problem undetectable to other detection and removal tools.
Hijack this should only be used to clean up the entries left behind, after you have properly removed the offending program, file, trojan, worm, hijacker etc.
And this usually requires help.