|But if I can't get past the log in screen, I can't download that to help the broken computer....right?|
I had been using Spybot for years, but it couldn't get rid of one issue, so I was going to try out a new AV program *tried Trend Micro's trial version) which made me delete spybot before downloading it. And because I deleted Spybot, I also lost all the things it stored in memory (things deleted) in case of accidentally deleting an important system like file. I didn't know what system32 was and had deleted some of those files because I thought they were issues... Ooops! >_<
So, even if there is a virus, or worm, or trojan, I think that might also be my problem >_<
Also, I have pictures of my daughters on that computer as well as some important files that. If I put the hard drive from that computer into this one as a slave to back those files up, will it pass the problem as well?