Well, I'm going to do it today, clean install. Now, just to make sure something isn't already amiss, I tried to follow your instructions, dc3, and it didn't quite interpret the same on this HP. The website you supplied the link to calls it "Vista Ultimate" instead of "Vista Premium". Does that matter? And is that considered an upgrade or does that make any difference if doing a clean install? Also, the "ImgBurn" program wouldn't do the steps as you had listed on this HP, but all I had to do was move the downloaded exe file to the desktop then drag it over to the ImgBurn page and it loaded, just like Media Player does. BTW, my apologies to you all if I don't use proper terminology. This is all from being self-taught.
Now, before I wipe out the nasties and everything else on this computer, please let me know if I'm doing this right. No files should be backed up, right? We're treating the entire computer, since the malware has infected everything. I'm not really sure about the partition, Drive D. If I do a reformat, is the CD with the three files on it all I need? I couldn't tell from the instructions whether to download just the .exe file or all three, so I'm downloading all of them.
I hate this, you know. It was fun fighting nasties at first, but it does get old after a while.
I'll stall off for a little bit before turning on the little HP. It's not as if we're dead in the water without it. Getting it to work would just be a really cool thing to brag about, that's all. Besides, if they won't let me use Windows XP, then Vista is ok...my other son has me almost convinced to go for a Mac though.