Hello all, Just ran across your website when searching for answers on how to uncover/get rid of any remaining spyware/malware and this website has a very refreshing venue that includes current net news events (much less boring than some other tech related sites I've looked at) At any rate, not sure where to start or how to proceed. I suspect that there is still some trojan/spyware/malware lurking as strange things still keep happening. Am on an XP machine and had norton's, spybot and GMER running and then about a year ago added Outpost and SpyShelter, but a little over a month ago, noticed that Spybot's Firefox immunizations kept getting turned off (which I read spybot says it's due to the recent Firefox upgrades), and started locking up after a scan when clicking on "fix problems" and would shut down as well as over 200 temp files in existence that Sypbot can't clean out (15-30 used to be the norm before this all started), ominous zip files showing up on the desktop such as a portion of the content of a word document I write notes in showed up on the desktop in a zip file, and then also of all things zip files of a shortcut icon of a link to “local area connection” I have on the desktop so I can disable the network connection when not using the computer to help protect the computer, would show up on the desktop which I never saw happen before now. Then also about the same time, started getting ominous generic message boxes showing up when either opening a pdf file or trying to look at a pdf file in firefox saying that "adobe acrobat was being updated" as well as a generic window saying I needed to select 2 updates, but the window would not let you close it, so had to use task manager to get rid of it, and did a system restore back to an earlier date, but don't dare open up any pdf which is a bummer. Also on this, I read that Firefox and Adobe are blaming each other for the virus problems and that the only thing Adobe is offering is for a person to get the latest version vs. offering udates to block such virus compromises which sucks because I'm perfectly happy using my older 6.0 acrobat. When things first started happening, it got so bad that sometimes windows would freeze and would have to re-boot a number of times, sometimes in safe mode, just to get the computer to run, and finally used system restore, but evidently the virus still lurked, as things like anti-virus notify would get turned off, system restore would be turned off or previously, although there were a number of system restore points visible, when choosing any, windows would report that there are no system restore points available. I finally went to a prior ghost backup that at least regained some stablity, and got rid of nortons, outpost and spyShelter (am now reading that a number of ant-spyware packages actually have spyware, and found out that outpost comes out of Russia, so not sure what to trust, so since the problems came with nortons and the others in place, uninstalled all using revo uninstaller and installed Avast and Comodo and also installed SpywareBlaster and malwarebytes, but if I open or view a pdf, the ominous message boxes will start back up, and I just yesterday had a zip file of one of my desktop icons show up on the desktop again which I definitely didn't do of the I had high hopes for Avast and both Avast and Comodo at least provide excellent monitoring / setting options. When I installed Avast and ran as thorough of scans as I could, the only thing it found was some trojans attached to some old driver software and a couple web pages I had copied a long time ago sitting on other non-windows directories as well as a fan control software and camera software that had Trojan dll’s in their setup software that I have been using for years (that norton's never found), but nothing else in active windows directories, but Thunderbird and Skype get sandboxed by Comodo saying something is using the software to try to communicate etc., and a boat load of UDP Out’s try to occur with Skype, as well as attempts to connect by outside computers via Skype all of which I blocked, AND even Spybot, which I had un-installed and then installed elsewhere still has the Firefox immunizations get disabled, and there’s a boat load (over 200) temp files that Spybot can’t clean out that used to only be 15-30 before all this happened (an on a vista machine It’s over 600 temp files which also isn’t normal) so not sure what is going on. Any help suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!