Well, it still runs, but like shit. Now it's a 3 year old cheapo dell I got a great deal on, but I'd rather not buy her a new computer and I wont let her touch mine. It's running ultra slow, ULTRA SLOW. doing something as simple as minimizing firefox takes 10 seconds or so. The computer also freezes quite a bit. I think I might need to format it but I haven't formatted in about 5 years so I would appreciate some help. here are my questions 1. I dont think I have a format disk, do I need one? can I download it from a torrent site? 2. It's windows XP, I remember years ago and old HP computer I had had the option to format under my computer. Is there a similar option from Dell somewhere? 3. is there anything I could try to do to fix the problem without formating? I downloaded a great antivirus program called "threatfire" which checks for viruses, tojans, key loggers etc. Any recommendations?