Even if you don't think you have the problem, you should read this topic anyway, because you might have it and you don't know it.
A while ago, I was downloading programs like KAZAA, Kiwi Alpha, WinMX, Grokster, Bearshare, etc., to see what worked. Needless to say, my computer f*cked up and I had to completely reformat the harddrive.
When my computer was finished, I couldn't pin it down to one specific program, so I tried installing some again. Then, I couldn't access the internet. My internet was still working but I couldn't get onto internet explorer. The hour glass would come up and the program would never start. If you have this problem, you probably have adware or spyware in your computer. Here's how to get rid of it.
*IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ*
If your IE/NN isn't working but your internet is, go to "My Computer" and type in a website in the "address" bar. It loads! Easy as that. To remove the spyware, go to spywareguide.com and access the "Online Spyware Scan" on the left menu bar. It's like an anti-virus for spyware! It'll find and snuff it all out. Restart your computer, and it's done! No more spyware! Wasn't that easy?