Hey, I need some advice on a WinXP computer problem. It is not my computer but my friends, and frankly I do not have the windows expertise to help him with his problem. I thought someone here might have a suggestion. I apologize that I cannot be too specific with regards to the problem as I was not around to see it develop. Here is the problem: My friends computer was overrun with spyware/adware, although it managed to run reasonably well. The other night he was determined to seek out these rogue programs and eliminate them. From what I understand, he installed WinTasks and eliminated a bunch of tasks that the program told him were superflous. When he restarted his computer, things were much worse - every program took minutes to open, if it opened at all. Firefox and IE when they finally opened, did not allow any keystroke recognition. WinTasks will not open. He has no DVD player functionality or basically any functioning programs with the exception of iTunes, which still works for some reason. His HD is full of important data he needs for GIS/GPS work (plus his music collection) and he has no way of backing anything up, as his CD burning program is also offline. His copy of winXP is also at his brothers in Texas. I am at a loss. Does anyone have a clue what happened? I assume he deleted something he shouldn't have. What can I/he do to fix this mess. I really feel bad for him, as his computer has been reduced to a paperweight. sorry to be so vague, but any assistance will be appreciated. Thanks.