Hello, I recently downloaded some software from a torrent site and it seemed to work ok but I wasn't impressed with it so I deleted it. Shortly afterwards I was confronted by 'that big blue screen' error that I used to get when using Limewire (the one saying its shutting me down to protect my pc). I've had some advice about it as my mate says "you've been hijacked" and suggested to download spybot: S&D, which I somehow managed. I also used the system restore to return to the day before I installed the software and it stated that this would be before the date of the software I had installed which worked for me. Spybot found 18 problems and I've killed them and it seems to consistantly find something wrong after every scan and it keeps asking me to 'allow' or 'deny' changes but I dont know what any of them mean as its all technical jargon. I keep getting odd popups that are clearly not the normal internet, my browser is still google, but no web pages will load, my cookies keep getting reset to 'allow all' and my 'automatic updates' keep being turned off and I cant turn them back on unless I restart my machine and finally, a small back square (ms dos) screen keeps appearing and then I get a box asking to 'close' or 'ignore' and I dont know which to choose. My pc is a Dell E521, 500gig, dualcore processor etc if that changes anything. I've read that hijackthis is meant to be good, and I've seen some posts on here from other people being hijacked, but they all seem to be from quite a while ago so I dont know if the help given at that time would still work now considering how fast the net changes/updates. Is there any hope for my machine? All help much appreciated L-Beef p.s. I also use avg (not the full version) and it has found a few trojans and managed to kill / move them to the vault - previous errors that I've overcome: disabled task manager menu and a fake spyware killer called 'winspyware' that has ceased to plague me now.