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my computer is running alot slower than normal.  I know some of it is due to spyware and adware.  I am using a program called adaware(se).  It seems like spyware is taking over now.  I don't think it is the only problem.  Thank you.
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This is a good question to check out: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Browser_Issues/Q_20975384.html

In addition to AdAware, I'd suggest running at least one other spyware removal program.  Spybot Search & Destroy is a good one.  Posting a log file from HijackThis will also be helpful to the experts here.

Also, run a virus scan and check the Startup tab of msconfig.
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I am also running panda titanium antivirus.  I will try spy bot.  would the panda one not block spyware also???
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Most antivirus programs don't look for adware and spyware.  (Of course, I wouldn't be surprised if they started to do so in the future)  I will check, but I assume Panda is the same.
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It looks like Panda's Platinum Internet Security has adware/spyware detection, but Titanium Antivirus does not:

http://www.pandasoftware.com/products/
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One thing I forgot to mention, too.  Most cases of computers slowing down these days are by adware/spyware/virus.  But, it still helps to reboot into safe mode and defragment your hard drive.
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what about defragimenting in normal mode,  Is it the same??  Is it bad for it??
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Every time something gets saved to disk, the defragment program sees that the disk has changed, and decides that it needs to start over.  Theoretically, every program that is running can write something to disk any time it wants to.  There are less programs and processes running in safe mode than in normal mode, so that's why everyone suggests using safe mode to defrag.  You can try it in normal mode, but don't be surprised if the defragment program keeps trying to start over from the beginning.
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