To make matters worse, I seem to have picked up a piece of spyware that changes my browser's startup page to some lame-ass search page... which then informs me that I have been infected by spyware, suggesting several pay-for products to eliminate it. Uh, thanks for fucking with my machine and then telling me you can fix the problem for a mere $39.95. Bastardos.
I'm also ending up with skipping from most cds I attempt to play, and from every song I attempt to rip. Effin' yay.
I've lost faith in my ability to deal with any of this. Can you point me in a direction?