Thanks for the info. But I went ahead and used the XP cd that came with the computer, but I forgot to do Windows update before I downloaded avast!, SUPERAntispyware, SpywareBlaster, and MBAM (all free versions). Then I ran scans. It found many threats. Would that be because I didn't run WinUpdate first? Is it okay to run it now and then update the rest of the drivers? Or should I start all over? I don't want to screw this up, because they are counting on me, so if I have to do it all over to get it right, then that's what I'll do.
I appreciate all your patience with me. I am learning a lot from you guys!
Please give us some details about the threats found so we can evaluate the situation.
Isn't normal to detect malware on a fresh installed system unless they are Adaware and PUP found on setups of the free software you have downloaded.