It seems that spyware just keeps getting worse, and PC World agrees. In Help! I’ve Been Web-Jacked, we learn about nasty programs that install themselves on your computer, and are becoming increasingly resistant to removal.

I can identify — my father recently had a run-in with a browser hijacker called CommonName. For some reason, my favorite spyware remover Spybot Search & Destroy was unable to completely remove the program. When I tried to remove it manually (an ugly solution, I know), the #!%& program kept reinstalling itself. It was only after I ran Ad-Aware that I was able to banish the program from his PC. It reinforces my prior thoughts that a protected computer makes use of both Spybot and Ad-Aware; both products are able to catch bugs that the other misses.