What I mean is that I want to go through the basic checks, explained for the beginner. If they don't work, I have enough money to pay for someone to go through it for me.
Okay, I have Firefox, using AVG Free Edition, using Spybot also. The Windows firewall is switched on.
These were recommended for me, so I want to try to stay with them. I know that there are as many recommendations as there are anti-virus and other similar programs. But I also know (since it happened to me) that if you are not careful, you'll end up with incompatible programs hitting each other.
Back to this one I was just on. How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7
Following this step lets Microsoft services continue to run. These services include Networking, Plug and Play, Event Logging, Error Reporting, and other services. If you disable these services, you may permanently delete all restore points. Do not do this if you want to use the System Restore utility together with existing restore points."
What exactly does this mean?