HELP! Girl's computer messed up bad


She said that her mom just bought two laptops to replace it. So thats good.

It runs windows XP. I dont remember the RAM or anything, it wasnt much.
25-27 gb of hard drive i believe.
its got a virus or something bad wrong with it.

its very slow.
i am wondering if anyone knows of very lightweight virus and spyware programs. there is around <4 gb left on the hard drive.

like i said, it cant tolerate much...

i heard that defrag only works on hard drives with 25%+ left, right?

another thing
i think somehow the explorer process is terminating.
everything goes away except the background, and the windows. Then it comes back.

and...i need answers soon. if possible.


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comodore9 years ago
Avast, free any virus, spyware and all that stuff to find all the viruses and clean your computer! It works great, I use it on all my computers...
Here are 13 easy steps to boost the computer's speed:

Several Easy Steps to Boost Your Computer's Speed

Hope it helps!
xACIDITYx9 years ago
Well, you are running Linux so the games don't take up much. Also, You must not have that much music, either.
Ubuntu may work, but if the Pc only has 20 GB of HDD space, I won't harbor that it has enough RAM to run Ubuntu LIVE.
John Smith (author)  xACIDITYx9 years ago
yes, alright i couldnt get the CD to run as a live CD anyways i'm going to just copy and paste the installation files for: ccleaner a virus program ad aware and instructions on how to use them onto the computer. i'm then going to boot into safe mode, and run those installers. I'll then run the virus program(i know it has at least 71 infections...) to get rid of the stuff. I might run ccleaner first, i dont know. Then i'll do the disk scanner thing. Then defrag twice. Sound good? Do you think the installers will work in safe mode? Thanks!
That should work. Just hope that the infection isn't that bad that it infects the Virus Program.
John Smith (author)  xACIDITYx9 years ago
well, theyre getting two new laptops, so i dont need to fix it now. Thanks for the help
Yup. Sounds good.
whatsisface9 years ago
Best way to get the data off is probably to get a linux distro, boot from CD and run it live, then copy any documents etc.. to a flash drive or ipod etc..
John Smith (author)  whatsisface9 years ago
thats....possible. maybe. the ipod idea is great, i forgot you could use them as external hard drives. too bad mines an old 2gb nano. i dont know. what linux program do you think will work the best?
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