A friend wants to download music from wherever, but the PC is the wife's, and she won't let him after an earlier attempt caused a problem.
How much would it cost for a PC of his own, using the existing broadband connection and modem? The thinking is, if this gets infected, it can simply be formatted and the OS re-installed. It only need be '98, which is easy to do.
If he does get a seperate machine he wants to stick a copy of Linux on it, you can get a free copy off some of the mags, I've got a free copy of Yoper and Xandros open circulation off Linux User. Its less likely to get messed up by things you download, even if it does, it'll only take half hour to reinstall it.
You could probably put a new low-spec system together for less than £200, although if it's infection you're worried about why not go an alternative route and install a virus killer, spyware protector and firewall ? a lot cheaper since they're all FREE...
I agree tenplus1, thats the best and cheapest way. I would then add an external hard drive to wife's PC, store music files there to keep them off wife's pc so you got a portable collection, take it round to a m8's house,connect to his pc, grab a few beers and enjoy!
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