Thank you for your reply Louis. All of my friends are around my own age and only 2 of them even have computer. In this situation and living in a rather remote area, I would therefore be more than happy to leave the health of my own computer in the hands of a reputable (and recommended), company.
I am also aware that forums like this one are a great source of help and that is why I opened this thread. As far as being exploited is concerned, I am not as green as I am cabbage looking and can look after myself on that score.
I would be perfectly happy to pay for remote assistance but need recommendations from those in the know.
Edited by geologist, 22 February 2012 - 03:34 PM.