This website was a great help to me when I my old PC had suffered from malware problems. I thought the people here would be able to help me ensure that I start off on the right track with my new PC.
I have a DELL E520 that has arrived with Windows Vista and numerous other pre-installed programs including a trial version of McAfee. I'd like to start from scratch without all the rubbish DELL that have included but I have no experience doing this. Rather than come crying for help after I've destroyed my PC I was hoping I could get some advice before I even plug it in.
The PC has come with "Reinstallation DVD Windows Vista Home Premium 32BIT" and "Drivers and Utilities". Please could I have some advice or a step-by-step on how to get this PC cleaned up or how to reinstall Vista, remove all the pre-installed software, and deal with the DELL partitions. I've searched the forums but there doesn't seem to be any similar requests and I am worried that I could cause myself more problems if I get the process wrong. After that I am planning to install all the free software recommended by GeekstoGo to prevent any infections and then I'll hook it up to the internet.
Edited by nickgall, 21 May 2007 - 07:44 AM.