How does one get NewDotNet, Claria, etc?

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A friend is having great problems with his computer being constantly infected with malware such as NewDotNet, GAIN.Gator, eAcceleration, Dialers, Claria, BroadcastPC, etc etc and wants to know how they got on his computer in the first place.

I installed Firefox as an alternative browser and Spybot's immunization is enabled but within four weeks of a cleanout the above items were found.

He has a teenage son who has previously engaged himself in port scanning, hacking attempts and that kind of thing but has had a stern warning not to download those kinds of programs again.

Would these pests have been downloaded in programs or does one just have to visit their websites to become infected? As well as implementing the tips in the "How did I get infected" sticky I have installed SpywareGuard and SpywareBlaster but is that going to stop these infections? Is it actually the user who is infecting the computer, and if so, what kinds of programs are doing the dirty deeds?
 
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