I've learned more about Spyware in the past two days than I would have ever liked to know. I have no less than ten different Spyware Scanning programs on my computer, none of which could destroy this particular little bug disguised as a program called "Search Extender". Fortunately, after two days of fighting with it I was able to shake it free using HighJack!This, a handy program that digs down deep for spyware that other things miss.
I'm so glad to have control over my own PC again. And now with all the firewall protection I have, nothing gets into it unless I say it can.
Perhaps I'm a horrible person, but I'm going hermit tonight. I've got a lot of stuff on my mind and I need to sort it out by myself.