Hello, all, I am a newbie to security & privacy software. I also have an unfortunate habit of not learning about my PC's innards until I need to, so please bear with me. I had finally become tired of pop-up ads and asked for suggestions on privacy software. I had recommended to me adding Spy-bot, Ad-aware and SpywareGuard. I added Spy-bot first (this week on Tuesday) and on Wednesday my browser was hijacked. I added SpywareGuard and Ad-Aware that day and got my browser back. I have since added SpywareBlaster. Now, my problem is that I get about a bijillion open files, empty, lined up at the bottom of my computer screen, as if I had opened a program but nothing's there. My brother tells me I probably am getting pop-ups from something that's still on my pc, but the privacy software is keeping the bot from getting access to its web site. We went through all my star-up programs together and deleted likely suspects, but I continue to get these empty programs. I am running on Windows 98. The empty pop-ups don't show up when I'm on-line, only when the PC isn't in use. If I do a Control-Alt-Delete to see which programs are running, I can identify all of them and they are supposed to be on my system. Help! Help! What can I do now?