What is the status on AVs ability to detect and remove "malware". By malware I mean stuff that executes various tasks like downloading icons, dialers, installing dlls, redirecting IE pages etc. I recently got infected with at least 2 variants of CoolWebSearch (About:blank, CWS.NS3) and a couple of trojans. HiJackThis, CWShredder and so forth didnt do any good. Neither did SpySweeper / Ad-Aware. Norton AV was able to take out the trojans, but the CWS problem remained. Out of desperation I installed trials of various AVs. The only one that was able to remove CWS completely was PC-cillin Internet Security 2005.