A friend suggested that I might have been infected by a spyware, & the best solution at that point was to download a free anti-spyware freeware which won't cost me a single cent. Of course this sounded like THE best solution, cos, who buys original software in South East Asia anyway? If you tell your friends that you're using 100% original softwares at home, Bill Gates would really love you, but you won't have friends anymore.
Finding the right anti-spyware freeware that is really FREE is not that easy. There's dozens of them out there. I didn't really know which one to pick, so I downloaded STOPzilla since I thought that if I wanted to stomp those spywares silly, it'd take a big bad Godzilla to do it.
Godzilla with his breath of death ray.
Now, at this point, please do not go rushing in to download this software just yet.
There's no doubt that it could find all the possible threats which were on my laptop.
But the problem became apparent when I tried to remove those infections.
Godzilla suddenly became money-faced, reality sets in, & I am reminded again of the fact that nothing in life is for free.
So I got rid of STOPzilla & downloaded SUPER AntiSpyware instead.
It could also do what STOPzilla could do.
But the moment of truth came when I clicked the OK button.
There was no pop-up asking me for money. It was actually free.
I had about 76 potentially harmful stuff on my laptop. Some of them were ordinary cookies lah, but some of them were Trojan. And now they're pulverised!
Well, as for my problems with the internet connection, it's still as screwed up as ever.
And my internet explorer is still crashing.
But I will leave that adventure for another day. For now, I am completely spyware free, I hope.