Spyware and malware (malicious software) are insidious problems to have as they can use your resources, network bandwidth and spy on your activities without you even being aware it’s happening. Whenever I help a friend or family member with their computer I always find at least one spyware program on it, and usually a number of them. To combat malware it is important to understand the problem and to be aware of the options for dealing with it. Ars Tecnica has an excellent article that explains the different forms of malware and what you can do about it. If you want to know what’s up with your computer you should read the article and then install Microsoft AntiSpyware.