Until very recently I have had no problems in going straight to www.hotmail.com
as my home page using !E6 under Windows98. Now I cannot maintain any specified home page at all when I use IE6. I am always diverted to "about blank" search page and told that my computer is infected with spyware. I am running Panda antivirus and have also installed Spybot, AdAware, Spyware Doctor and Spy Sweeper, all of which I run regularly. I have edited the registry using suggestions from the mentioned programs. But nothing fixes the problem, I always end up at "about blank" and cannot access my hotmail account.
I sometimes receive a message from Spybot saying: Spybot reports you want to download "Avenue A, Inc". This is a known threat. Do you want to block this download? I always click on yes but the message frequently repeats itself.
The only way I have found round this problem is by downloading and using Mozilla Firefox, where I can access my hotmail account.
I understand there have been security breaches involved with IE6 but I have never experienced anything like this and I do not know what else to try. Can you advise at all?