Originally Posted by KittKatt
Isn't there a spyware program automatically installed in your antivirus program?
Not mine, I don't use windows, don't get spyware, don't have an antivirus program and I'm not about to go look for a virus or rootkit to install.
As for one included for you, no. Generally you need to get a separate scanner for spy and adware.
Don't worry about the suggestions I was giving Gail - that isn't the problem you're having.
Your's just sounds like IE has spyware.
As for ad-ons, no you don't need all of them. Most just get adblocker plus and leave it at that. IMO that is the only one that is a must get. Themes are up to you, get some if you want your firefox to look different - again, not necessary. Tool bars are where you run into problems. They tend to slow things down or let malware in so it's best to just not use any of them.
Anything else tends to be extra stuff you don't need.
Plug-ins for flash and java. No, each browser needs it's specific plug-in for these. Just follow the instructions/links and install the ones you need.