My friend has got himself a second hand PC which is apparently very slow, so I am going over to check it out today. My first port of call will be a virus check, obviously, but as he hasn't yet got a working phone line, I have to take a USB drive of software with me.
Does anybody have any suggestions as to what anti-virus program I can download and take with me ? As far as I know, all the ones I have ever used (AVG & Eset/Nod32) download the latest signatures into the software AFTER it has been installed on the PC and in this case that is obviously not an option !!!
Download (onto your memory stick) the latest AVG and this will be more than good enough for what you need. Download Spyware Terminator or Adaware and then download Ccleaner (run the registry cleaner and the file cleaner). Run the lot, take off all unwanted programmes, defrag, take off Norton (if it is on), type msconfig into run and uncheck all the unecessary start up progs. Finally, get more RAM.
Some good advice there, lads, thanks, and yes, I realise that a format and re-install may be the best option but (a) he got it from his mother, so I'm hoping there shouldn't be anything too dodgy on there, plus there may be software, music, photos etc. that he wants to keep, and (b) I don't know what disks he has to do a re-install.
Stinger & Avast I'm downloading, I've already downloaded AdAware & I'll look at Gandalf's other suggestions in a minute. I've also downloaded AusLogic's DiskDefrag, I've found that useful in the past ...