By John Crawford
In parts 1 and 2 I discussed the programs to use to remove spyware. But, the first thing you should do when attempting to remove spyware is to look at all the processes that are running. You can look at the task manager, if you see funky named processes in there like fgthdz or kwsbrl, it's a good bet spyware has taken over your computer. More than likely attempting to stop those processes will fail. If you're using Windows XP, ME, or 98, you can run the msconfig utility from the command line and see what is in the startup folder. Be careful what you uncheck, such as your antivirus software. Once you deselect the bad processes, restart the computer. Hopefully, some of the bad stuff will not start, and free up needed resources. You may even find that some applications or devices may suddenly start to work.
See the full article... Spyware From Hell, Part 3