I've spent the last few days chasing down various maleware, which ruined my 2 years of maleware free life. >_< going to post Hijack this log later but,,, how they slipped in baffled me. I used Zone Alarm pro since I first found them way back before Win XP came around (version 2 I think). Right now I have Update.exe and IE blacklisted permanently. I've had to deal with Smitfraud, Yazzle, various downloader, and other assorted crap. I resorted to moving the hard drive from my main PC to my second PC as second hard drive. Since nothing gets loaded when it isn't the boot drive, I was able to clean it throughly but various scanners combined took a little over 24 hours to clean and verify. And another round of scans once I put the hard drive back in to catch any sneaky files. Strangely I found over 200,000 cookies hidden in the recycle bin. I wondered if Foxfire shoves banned cookies there or if there was another reason for those cookies being in the recycle bin. Today, Update.exe slipped into the task manager list and I found 4 separate files relating to 888 toolbar for IE. Plus 2 new files that don't belong to System32 folder. These happened when I used Meka, a Sega Master System emulator so I suspect the current version is loaded with spywares. The creation date of these offending files occured after I started Meka application. I've had Meka in the past without any problem so I'm a bit ticked off. I got the emulator from SMSPower.org if anyone needs to check the emulator. The emulator and the installer file I downloaded didn't get flagged as a source of spyware so dunno... Anyway, Hi from Michigan. And when I get things done around here I'll post the Hijack this log. Then I'm off to find a witch doctor and have him put a poverty curse on every maleware author. author of persistent maleware will also suffer from wilted genitalia curse! PS I have not turned on system restore yet... 6 days since I started having problem and turned it off to fix it.