Time to abandon XP and move on up to 7? ;)
I couldn't agree more. It is inadvisable at this point to be connecting an XP desktop to a Windows 7 one, for the sake of both computers. I'm afraid to connecting my last one to my home connection at all, let alone remote networking. Am considering going to the local library to properly deactivate some software (MBAM Pro & Office 2007), so that I can deploy those to other machines, then nuke the HDD with DBAN (NSA 7x wipe) & go with a Linux Mint 13 install. I want every morsel of XP gone. This will eliminate any worms, parasites, spyware, trojans, anything hidden.
Though I may be a bit paranoid as to not connecting the machine to my home network, it's always best to play it safe than sorry & I won't be going out of my way, as I ride by the library 3-4 times weekly. I can even do it in the car, these does have to be uninstalled online so that the licenses will be freed. The library is better equipped to deal with network infections than I am, or has safeguards in place. Once I install the software on another OS & all activates OK, the notebook's drive will be nuked. It may take 12 to 18 hours to do the job, but I'll feel safer.
Simple formatting with partitioning tools won't get the job done. The HDD needs several overwrites with scrambled data to sterlize it prior to installing any other OS.
Remote Desktop with XP at one's own risk!
Edited by cat1092, 20 April 2014 - 01:18 AM.