My computer was running slow with spyware and various programs I could not uninstal (including AOL and AVG which was very irritating) and as I had nothing of any real value on there I reinstalled windows XP from the windows disc thinking it would clear everything in the computer.
I installed Avast Home Edition on the new XP installation and its startup scan not only found some viruses (now deleted) but system files like AOL and AVG, plus temp internet files and other files I recognised from the previous install. And the computer is still not running as quickly as it should.
How can this be? I wanted to completely format the hard disc so as to start again with a blank canvas - how do I do that?