Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
Spyware includes malware that truly spies on your activities like keystroke loggers and worse, as well as adware and other forms of malicious activity.
On install, some anti-malware programs may warn you if issues might result. Occasionally, one of those issues is the presence of a competing product.
Spyware uses almost every trick in the book to get onto your machine. Making a web page pop-up that *looks* like it has a Cancel button is just one.
Malware and keyloggers on your machine can do anything, which includes cut and paste, drag and drop, screen keypads and more. Prevention is the only cure. To be safe, you need to protect yourself from all kinds of malware.
When your computer shows that STCLOADER.EXE is corrupt, it's best to run a spyware removal tool as that file known to be spyware.
Monitoring software, used by parents and corporations, act very much like spyware. Ideally anti-spyware tools will tell you if they're installed.
Links to sites that you haven't been to can appear for various reasons. You can begin by checking for spyware.
Anyone with physical access to your computer can do anything with or to it. I'll look at cleaning up after loaning it to the wrong person.
The error "fash.exe failed to start" is a probably a form of spyware/malware and can be fixed and prevented with a spyware scanner.
There are a few possible reasons why someone would become infected even if they run Anti-Spyware software.
The hosts file can be used to send you to or prevent you from reaching malicious sites. Different anti-spyware tools can bump into each other checking on this.
Much of what we call spyware, like adware, can be relatively benign. But more and more there's a more intrusive, damaging kind of spyware as well, better called "malware".
It's best to update your spyware scanner or even try a new one if the scanner hangs.
A wtoolsa error in kernel32.dll means there's spyware on your machine, and a spyware scan is needed to remove it.
Many anti-spyware programs repeatedly report cookie or tracking cookie issues. Are those spyware? Maybe. Maybe not. Some thoughts on what to do.
Although difficult to eradicate, removing the about:blank hijacker on your home page is possible.