Don't format your computer just yet--get Ad-Aware AND Spybot S&D. If your IE is ad infested but still allows you to surf then that's okay, for now. Run both programs ensuring you have the latest spyware definitions (just like with AV software). I'm sure you'll find about 100 different entries best-case, especially if it's your first time running it. Understand that if your ISP has a home page that it most likely implants spyware/adware on your computer, and the reason I say that is because not all spyware/adware is malicious. Anyway, next thing is to boot up your computer in SAFE mode. This prevents the loading of some drivers and non-essential programs, some of which may have come from spyware/adware. Run BOTH programs again and clean out whatever they find. Post back and let us know what the results are. I've been using Mozilla for years and have upgraded to FireFox since it's release, however I still use IE for many sites. The way to fix your problem isn't to ignore one are (IE) and use a different program, the way to fix the problem is to attack it head on.
Originally Posted by ihatethe90s
You probably get this all the time, but my IE is ad infested, probably with spyware, what programs should I download or buy to get rid of these things?