This is my first post so if someone could please help me. I usually run a regular web search w/any problems but I realized it's a bigger issue than I thought. These are the current programs I currently run: EZ Antivirus, EZ Antispy, Zonealarm, Regcure, Windows Defender So these are my problems... Annoying pop up every 3 min or so..."Warning! Potential spyware operation!..click YES to download spyware remover..." blah, blah, blah...I ran EZ antivirus but no luck, ran ez antivirus and no luck...ran some other antispy and it did remove a lot of tracking cookies and other items so I realized that my EZ antivirus is worth sh*t so I guess I'm going to delete it. It did not however fix the pop up. When I open ie my home page is changed. I changed it numerous times but it goes back to it (google.com) I cannot open my control panel. The operation cancels w/the following message: "The operation has been cancelled due to restriction in effect on this computer. Please contact your administrator" I opened regedit.exe, navigated to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load and deleted all the Values whose data value was set to "no" (2 keys). Why? Because I followed these instructions from another website but it did not work. I ran regcure a couple times. It's supposed to clean my registry and fix any problems but nothing has changed. I'm guessing the problem has to be in my registry. I guess this damn malware hides really good. Finally, ie acts weirdly. My security settings seems to change, the activex controls don't seem to work. I downloaded highjackthis & avg antispy but not the other programs. I will if I have to. I'm frustrated. So anyone please help.