I posted this in Applications and got no answers (needs to be closed but have no one to award points so it sits as an open question).
I got RegMech and SpywareDoctor from PCTools, and the latter is not behaving. SD will kill off perfectly good and needed programs I found out. Now I have to read line by line to protect my programs! The company will refund money, but I am wondering if I need these in addition to the following running nicely onboard:
Adaware, Spyblaster, Stinger, Spybot, Avast!, Pest Patrol, Hijack This, Zone Alarm for firewall AND antivirus control and Symantec's WinDoctor program which is great for Registry boo-boos and missing shortcuts, etc.
All of the above were working very well until three weeks ago when I was bombarded with some very nasty things (you name it, I got it!). Now things are all cleaned up, and it was not just because of PCTools programs but rather running all the others in regular and safe modes over and over this past week.
I'm thinking I may have gotten into overkill. With the two PCTool programs (or maybe just the Doctor one) things I need to run/load are not (i.e., my ScreenShot Program refuses to work if SpyDoctor is loaded, and usually won't run even if it's not. If I disable it (rename the extension of the program to .tem) the needed SS program will run. I depend on it a LOT! Saves volumes of paper. Very cool program I got years ago and continues to run in all versions of Windows so far!
Anyway I think PCTools MAY be causing more problems than the two programs are helping in that it does "funny" stuff with other spyware (and perhaps others as I get things settled down, run those programs and suddenly I'm getting nasty messages from I.E. and O.E. again until I run the setup and programs again (other than the PCTools programs).
So the real question is: Shall I go ahead with the refund? I paid $60, and I truly can ill afford it right now. I'll keep them but ONLY if someone can figure out how to make those two make nice like all the other programs are doing.