Thanks, fax . . .
I get the picture.
Per your advice, I have already changed many settings in Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware 2007, and others. After turning off, or disabling, these competing guardians, I should be able to see if they still have something actively running by checking Proceses in Windows Task Manager.
Again, thanks for the help and expertise, to you, and all who helped me out.