Computer assistance?

I need to basically "crash" my computer. My sisters downloaded a lot of things off of the web, like games and such and it really messed up my computer completely. I can't get into my Add or Remove Programs and I'm positive there are a lot of viruses and such swimming around on it... It's slowed my computer access majorly and I can't even get into some of my folders, so could someone give me some pointers?

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7 replies since 31st July 2008 • Last reply 31st July 2008

this just happend to me Happy
it really sucks what i did was signed up for McAfee and windows defender and i scaned my computer they found the virus which they then removed Happy
and i sent it to McAfee so they can study it or whatever anyways i just signed up for their free trial program you dont have to give them a credit card number or anything so its really free ;)
but you might have to redownload somethings on your computer like windows etc it damaged alot of my files for internet explorer Happy so i had to download new programs oh and if you have adobi reader and flas player you will have to redownload them as well hope this was helpful

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AVG is a free virus program thing. Works really well. Also Adsense and Spy... detector will help too. I'd dload them and run them and see if it'll help a bit. If it's really bad you might have to reformat. Let's hope not.

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yay I use AVG.

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Well that's the thing, I have McAfee, AOL and SpyDoctor and none of those are working. It shut them all down I guess... I need to find out how to erase my computers entire memory.

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call one of those computer nerdy places for a diagnostic for your computer, some do it for free others charge a fee, my brother did that to his puter and was able to fix it quicker
.good luck Happy

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Here are step-by-step instructions for reformatting your hard drive.

This will clear EVERYTHING off your computer, including Windows (or whatever OS you use.) Make sure you have the installation disks for Windows, Microsoft Word, etc. and anything else you use.

Also be aware that if you have things on there you don't want to lose, like pictures and stuff, a good computer tech would probably be able to save those files and fix your computer without reformatting. It shouldn't cost too much, and that way you can be reimbursed if something goes wrong. If your computer is lost forever after you try and fix it yourself, there's not a lot anyone can do.

http://lifehacker.com/software/windows/geek-to-live-how-to-format-your-hard-drive-and-install-windows-xp-from-scratch-157578.php

Be sure that after you reformat, you get a good spyware and virus program. I use Norton (although my subscription expired awhile ago) and SpyBot. Look at the settings and see if there's a way to have it notify you immediately when a virus is detected- I get a popup window.

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Thank you so much! I really appreciate the all the help and ideas Happy

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