jpen1 wrote:I began by running two virus scans and two different spyware checks.
If you're running different programs simultaneously you'll have trouble. You should only be running one of each at any time.
Personally I've been using AVG for AV, and few other scanners that I run on occasion (spybot, root kit chaecker, etc). I used to use zone alarm for a firewall but I'm behind a router now so I just have the lame MS one running because zone alarm is pain in the ass to keep configured. That's not a bad thing but I don't need it with router.
Be careful with any registry cleaners as they can do more harm than good, worse case is it won't boot. Make sure you have backup of current registry and know how to restore it. Get yourself a copy of CS bootable linux OS like Knoppix for emergencies. The general consensus is if it "ain't" broke don't fix it meaning unless you're getting errors under normal operations caused by incorrect registry entries you should just let them alone even if the program reports them as bad. Any of the registry programs are going to return bad entries on any machine.
Having said that check out ccleaner