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    I know my PC has got something. Can I get some recommendations from our resident IT geeks? Symptoms: locking up/slow internet, gaming slow, downloads slow. I have cable internet...900mhz clock, PIII, 384 ram, and plenty o' hard drive left. I delete temp files often and run a free adaware program at times. I have Norton, but it needs updating. Just wanna get overall performance up and keep the thing secure. HELP!

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    Wipe/Reload. Format your hard drive after you drop the partition. Nothing will survive that!

    Only definite way to make sure nothing is there.....

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    I've heard that before, and I don't have a problem with it except that I will have to reinstall my oper. system and I am not too sure how that is done exactly.

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    I've had good luck with "SpyBot" and "HijackThis".

    These are free downloads and work well to clean spyware and crap like that off your hard drive. They may not solve all your problems, but will certaintly help.

    Just go to google or yahoo and do a search on "spybot download" and "hijackthis download". Download them and take a few minutes to read the instructions so you use them correctly. They are not tough to use, but read the info.

    Of course, the first thing you need is an updated virus scanner. You stated you have Norton but it needs updating. Either update it or get a newer program. There are plenty of "free" virus protection demos you can download that are good for a few months. I think "eTrust" has a free download that is good for at least a few months. That's a pretty good virus protection tool.

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    Thanks Gordo. I am hoping these will help as I would prefer not to clear the drive. Not that I keep much on there (actually everything on there is on disk somewhere), but I envision setup issues as far as configuring...which I don't know shit about. I also picked up a laptop for cheap and I'm looking to put Office on it.... any "ahem" ideas? P3, 650 clock, 2000 professional op sys, and low ram @ 64kg (will be expanded shortly when I find a good deal).

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    You get that beast to me I'll have it ready to pickup the next day with full Windows XP Pro SP2, Norton with 3 years of updates, Office XP Pro and whatever else you can think of on it.

    This is what I do

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    From what I hear, Office 2000 Prof. is pretty damn good. A lot of our tech guys complain about XP Pro and hate XP Home Edition. I would bring her out to you. I really only need MS Office and some instruction on setting up internet. Currently I have cable but I want to go with a wireless router and get the card for the laptop so I can be anywhere in the house and surf. PM me offline and I'll explain the situation with it.

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