It took about 2 weeks and 3 separate attempts by the person who I asked to remove the Spyalert malware from my desktop, but it done! The first attempt supposedly removed Spyalert, but through the anti-virus program I have, Avast! I could see the malware resurrected itself somehow and when I got on certain webpages, the symptoms; loads of annoying pop-ups, re-appeared.
The solution seemed to be an anti-malware program unknown to me, RougeKiller which did the job. No more pop-ups and the PC does not moan like the wind as it did when the Spyalert malware was still in it. And I escaped with just $40 dollars in costs, far less than say The Geek Squad (who tried to talk me into buying an external hardrive- something that probably is a good thing to have, but not at their prices) and Staples.
So while the hell did I download it? It appeared on one of my Google gadgets(which no longer exists as iGoogle no longer exists), so thought (wrongly) the software had been vetted…… Another lesson to learn.