Well first off, you need an antivirus running all the time, then you need spyware removers such as spybot search and destroy, adaware se 6 personal, hijack this!, microsoft antispyware remover, which are all free. Run those programs constantly and dont download unknown programs, and you should be fine.
Well i am in the shop, and people are bringing in their PCs already infested. Often they are so bad that I can't get them off even when running in safe mode, modding the registry, etc. That's why I'm searching for alternate ideas.
I use SpyBot, Adaware, and Norton Antivirus 2005/AVG primarily.
Yeah but once you get rid of spyware, just start using Firefox or any alternative browser that supports "Automated Download Disable". And you should be fine. With firefox you do not get spyware. I have tested this out myself. I have gone to multiple "shady" sites. And I have done complete spyware scans. And the results came back clean.
But the reason I posted that was because the simple fact.... Why get 8 tools when you can have 1. I see that people have programs like, hijack this, adblaster, pop up destroyer, spyware killers. etc...... But if they used firefox they would not have this problem. But yes AntiVirus is needed anyways.