|This is quite time consuming but,here's what I do: |
Use a program called Darik's boot 'n nuke. It installs from one floppy. After its installed you can remove the floppy and select from various security level options that take increasing time to wipe the hard drive. Get the prgram with "Eraser" which is free download at www.majorgeeks.com and others.
Then I restore the computer to its new-out-of-the-box state using the restore disk that came with the computer.
Then I run Windows XP service pack 2.
Then I setup the dialer to connect to my $4.95 a month dial-up internet. and install free Zonealarm firewall.
Then I connect to Microsoft Windows update and go through all that until finally I have downloaded all the critical security updates.
Whew. I take abreak.
Then I install Norton Ghost 2003 which came with something else i bought one time. Ghost make a hard drive image on cD or DVD so next time I can speed this process up quite a bit by just using the original restore disk to get an operating system on so I can install Ghost and use the image disk to bring it back to that point.
Then comes reinatsll all of the programs I use and the other data, image, tunes, etc. files I had saved on an external HD.
But, I install Avast! antivirus, Spybot, AdAware, CrapCleaner, and SpywareBlaster--all free--first to (I hope) fend off or detect the incoming garbage.
This is quite time-consuming, and probably not truly geek approved, cause I'm not raelly ageek, but it works for me. Good Luck.