The Problem: My computer had been running very slowly for a long time and now in the past few months it has done this: the date will randomly reset back to October 14, 2010 (a date earlier than i even bought this laptop). I of course correct the date & time, but within a day it's changed its time to some off hour. Also, in the past few weeks it's had an additional symptom: upon startup it will say something about a new dell system detect thing available..it's never given his massage before now, and the message just doesn't look quite right.
What I want to do but need help with..I wish to transfer my files (this includes mostly music and picture files, and a few other word or pdf documents) to a clean computer. I don't know how to safely do so, though. I don't have the option of a cd or dvd or external hard drive. My /only/ option is a USB stick or online transfer site, transferring it all little by little. I don't know how I got this virus or malware or whatever it is, though. I don't want to infect the clean computer by transferring these files, so I have no clue how to do this. I'm not a computer wiz, but if it's explained to me I can usually figure out how to do whatever it is pretty easily. I currently have the latest AVG Free version installed, if that matters. Is there some way i can check these files before transferring them? Here's what I have to work with:
- an infected Dell Inspiron Duo running Windows 7 (no place for discs besides usb ports)
- a clean, nothing on it, newly wiped and reloaded "emachines" brand computer (not laptop) running windows xp (it has Avast antivirus free)
- a couple of empty usb sticks for transferring
- the internet
I'm also not planning to transfer and .exe files or anything..I read that those are common targets for corruption, and I don't need to transfer any of those anyway. I just want to safely transfer without infecting the clean computer so I can factory reset this infected one and use it again.
Thank you so much,