it is a serious situation out there. One thing that you can do is get superantispyware for free online. Then keep it updated. When you run it on full scan it is good at finding adware cookies. If you find them and remove them still come back at times. They are not safe and are door openers for worse demons. it is best to have internet security programs by good names. Some of the big names also have spyware. Sorry but Google and fire fox and internet explorer, also are being come up on anti virus programs, saw it myself. cookie spyware is designed to steal your private pictures, writings, music etc. They leave it there but duplicate it. Even email messages are being kept somewhere. Proof of this----One day I signed in to another forum than this one and They revealed my hidden you tube videos. another time , my name and pass word were back at me when come back to same page. Spies I found do not like my daily running slim cleaner free edition. it is quick and removes private info. and cookies. Also free c cleaner for the second pass. Hope have helped fight this battle with the devil for and with you.