Here I am at my parents’ house fixing my sister’s old computer. They finally got their network back up, but this computer is beyond messed up. I’m even having trouble getting it to boot from a windows disc. I cleaned up the startup programs. tons of spyware junk, I’m sure. Then I was finally able to get My Computer open and started to run windows setup.
I reformatted the partition, and am now successfully(so far) installing windows. Sometimes a machine is too far gone to be much helped by running virus and spyware scans and any other thing you could do, and you just have to start over. Reformat. Reinstall the OS.
Here’s a link that has some helpful tips for fixing up a computer:
How to fix Mom’s computer