First off, I'm not at all "computer-savvy"! That said, here's my problem:
My son has our old 11-year old Dell Dimension 2350 running XP SP2 or 3.
He is only 9, but surfs the net, plays too many flash games, etc. No visiting of "bad" sites per se...
Lately it became infected with several Trojans. During this time we were also met with the BSOD on several of the startups.
I ran everything under the sun, including Malwarebytes, Microsoft Security Essentials, Super Anti-Spyware, you name it. I had the best success with Malwarebytes.
So today, the computer would NOT start in Safe Mode, but would start in normal mode. As of this evening, BSOD on EVERY startup with stop code: 0x0000007B.
I tried to put in the XP disc (not that I have any clue what I'm doing) to reinstall the OS, but just goes to the Blue Screen.
We are in a bit of a money crunch right now, and would like to salvage this PC if possible, i.e. replace HD, etc. However, given the age of the PC it may be best to let it die.
Any advice greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.