You need at least these three programs running.
SpyBot, Spyware Blaster, and AdAware. You also need to install ZoneAlarm firewall.
After the first three have run and cleaned your system, install ZA. The free version is great. Now, if any program tries to access the internet ZA will alert you. You can allow or deny, and you'll know if any spyware is still on your system.
I use windows98 and have a dialup internet connection. A few weeks ago the computer started trying to dialup without my clicking on anything to connect. This all started after an update on McAfee. I have selected for it not to update automatically. I tried getting them to figure this out but after 12 emails with 12 people all with different answers that didn't work - I give up on them.
I have now completely uninstalled Mcafee. I also went to my task manager and deleted the HP update task from it.
This was my only problem for several weeks then suddenly I was bombarded with pop ups (so many you couldn't get rid of them) even when I wasn't online. I have downloaded spybot and ran it but some of the same ones keep coming back. I ran Mcafee virus and spyware. Deleted and immunized on both. Now I have downloaded a trial version of Norton and it found nothing. I did a search for Gator on my computer and deleted most files it found. I seem to have gotten rid of most of the popups. Still getting the ***** Enlargement ones and the evidence eliminator but its better and I got rid of the I hate Pop Ups one!!
But now how can I get it to stop trying to connect all the time? One of McAfee suggestions was to check it to never dial a connection but then I coudn't get on the internet. It has always been checked to dial my default and has worked fine for years.