Okay, this is 100% informal, and it's pretty stupid to even make a thread. But you all know about Spyware Terminator, the formerly-rogue now clean anti-spyware freeware? Well, it seems to me it's pretty effective. The only reason I say this is a real world example. My mom seems to be pretty bad about keeping her computer secure and I'm constantly cleaning it. I had put Ad-Aware on there long ago, just for a bare minimum, and today it detected "43 critical objects" but after a reboot, re-scan (about 30 objects found) and additional reboot, EVERYTHING was still there, popping up, giving rogue antispyware ads, etc. Every single thing. Ad-Aware did not remove anything. So I installed Spyware Terminator. Its scan dected approximately 20 objects. However, it actually did remove them - all of them. The only thing left behind was a broken IE toolbar, which I simply disabled. So the point is, it appears Spyware Terminator does have a good level of actual effectivness! I'll be replacing my own Ad-Aware free with Spyware Terminator most likely, after seeing that Ad-Aware is indeed losing its touch.