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  • I managed to get stung by adware/spyware many months ago and at that time lost my ability to choose and change my desktop and screensaver, and to use system restore (and other things no doubt, but these were the most noticeable). I wasn't able to get rid of these two programs but put off resetting my system (on a Sony Vaio) back to factory settings. Finally, when I downloaded the Windows Live OneCare free trial, it removed one of the programs and quarantined the other. Things have improved, but I still don't have the features I mentioned back and I still have the "bugs eating the screen" screen saver that arrived with the viruses. What can I do to get my Windows system back to its original condition without losing everything else? Is that possible at all or should I just bite the bullet and go back to factory settings? 
    Friday, July 17, 2009 2:13 PM