stop the Photo Gallery starting at every boot.
Try disabling in MS Config (if you had Spybot you could do same without going to config).
Press Start>lower right Run>type in box MSCONFIG with no spaces & click OK. On page then shown , on top right tab (startup) look to see if the photo program is listed there with a check box beside it. If so, and if checked, left click to uncheck.
Program should not appear again unless you activate from program list or icon.
One question re Adware (clicker etc.): Whose Cable are you on and is your Home (Start) Page connected to it?
Example: I have Rogers Cable ISP and by default they load Yahoo! as home page. Yahoo sends down tons of adware cookies the second you get there.
Another possible entry point is via a back channel in Messenger and a similar back channel hiding in Outlook Express. AdawareSE(free,Lavasoft) enables you to disable both of these with "Add-Ons"(plmessengerstop.exe&ploemessengerstop.exe) you can download from their site which install into the AdawareSE program. Then you can enable or disable both messengers. If you go this route also get the Vx2cleaner add-on. See left side Programs>Add-ons.
There is also a small program called "Shoot the Messenger" with similar aim, but I don't know if it also gets the O.E. one. Here's link from Roddy32:
Funny, MS said they were going to disable Messenger in SP2. Not sure they ever did. Hope this helps some.:D
I have been recently getting on my TrendMicro Spyware..6 items..of adware adclicker..keep deleting but everyday on start up it is still finding even though I even scan before I turned off at night. Now te last 3 days I get on start up this windows photo gallery trying to "configure" then an error because no "cd rom " ..I never asked for it. I am brand new to computers. I have HP , Windows XP SP2, cable broadband connections...Norton AV, Adware SE, Trend Micro, Windows Defender, Ewido, and SpyBlaster. EAch time Trend finds the 6 and I look at SpyBlaster..there are SIX items not enabled on IE..kicker is I do NOT use IE..99.9 percent of the time I use Firefox. I checked Spyblaster..all items checked off under IE to prevent activeX and prevent tracking cookies. 2 nights ago Windows Defender found 52 items ...tracking cookies..what do I need to do??? How do you delete all those cookies on Windows Defender at once..or do I just leave them in quarantine??