spyware, adware, cookies

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Subject: spyware, adware, cookies
Posted by:  tam77 (tam…@discussions.microsoft.com)
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2006

I am finding that when i use programs like AOL to discover issues on my
computer such as spyware, adware, trojans, hijackers etc.  there is never a
problem found.  But.... when i use a scan that requires registering and a
fee, I  have a million problems.  My question is ,  how do I know what is
real and a true concern?  Also, if there are not any good "free" programs,
what should I buy?