If you are getting pop-ups when you are offling, then I do believe you have spyware on your computer.
As for all people you should have good virus protection. Norton slows down your computer(if you have an older one) whereas AVG FREE or AVAST do not.
Also you need to have measures to stop spyware from getting into your computer. you can get C W Shredder to help remove some and you can also use SPYBOT SEARCH & DESTROY. Another good spyware remover is AD AWARE and one that stops spyware from getting into your computer is SPYWARE BLASTER. Then when all else fails you can get HIJACKTHIS.
If you use all these tools it will not elminate spyware from getting into your computer, but it will help. Some spyware gets into your computer using the Macromedia Flash player. If you feel that you still might have spyware in your computer, then you can go to PANDA ACTIVESCAN and do an online scan. You can also go to TREND MICRO to do another online scan.
Hope this helps
Dell L667r, win98 2nd, dial up
I have dilligently followed all suggestions to eleminate pop-up ads and most have dissapeared. But, there are a few that persist, even offline. A couple are at start up and the "reclining lady" is once or twice during computer online use. I know they are files on my computer, any suggestions on where to look and what to look for? Thanks, Bob