Okay this *&^% is really starting to piss me off. The amount of adware and spyware that's on the net is freaking ridiculous. Last nite, when I was removing some program, I noticed I had some BS program called PGate Basic installed on my system. I never installed this on my computer. Anyways, I tried to uninstall the *&^% and it took me to some internet website that's suppose to remove it. I knew this was BS from the beginning, so I didn't use that crap.
It turns out that PGate Basic is such a female dog to remove, the usual Spybot couldn't remove it from my system. So, I had to personally delete all the registry entries myself. Then, upon rebooting, I found out that PGate Basic "reinstalls" itself onto your computer after every reboot. I decided to search the net on how to remove this POS and learned that I had to remove the entries first then delete the associated .exe files. But, the fun lies in determining which of the live processes are responsible for the reinstallation. If your computer is like mine, it probably has about 30 processes running, half of which I do not really know what they're for. So, using judgement and trial & error, I removed the suspect processes, this took another hour. Btw, I'm really apprehensive about spyware b/c I never know which ones are keyloggers.
All in all, it took me about 3 hours to remove this crap from my computer. Now, I finally decided to employ a personal firewall. I hope you all realize the internet is full of this stuff and protect yourself from it, learn from my mistake!
If you haven't already, d/l these:http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.htmlhttp://www.spychecker.com/program/hijackthis.html