J, I tried doing the save target as, and it takes to Yahoo files. But, the programs I downloaded aren't here. I'm pretty sure that's where they were initially sent. Next time, I want to make sure I save them to the computer, instead of just opening it up? And, what happens when I delete my files, including offline, will this erase these programs? Assuming that I can find them, or more likely, redownload again, how do I 'open up directory and run the exectuables.' Do I just right click, and select open. And, would any potential viruses explain why my computer is so super-slow? Its funny, colleges have all these pre-reqs to graduate where you have to complete all these silly, stupid classes- yet there's no req for any computer class. I really tried to enroll in one, but they were already full.
Sorry, I guess I forgot a step. You need to select "All files" under "save as type" in the method I described earlier. Nevermind that method though. In any case it will be much easier for you to simply redownload the files. When it asks what directory, navigate to your Desktop. Save them, and they will appear as icons on your desktop. You will double click each one to run it, and it will install. Install one at a time, and allow it to complete its initial scans or whatever (and possible reboots) before installing the next one. Once installed, you can delete the installer programs (the files you saved to the desktop in the earlier step). As for configuration etc., I can't help you there as I don't know those programs well enough, but following the wizard or instructions on the site I posted earlier should help you get through that. It is not exactly viruses but spyware/adware/crapware will definitely make your computer ultra slow. The most common are what are called Browser Helper Objects (BHO) like those damn toolbars that seem to come out of nowhere and install themselves in your browser. They monitor what you do online and send information back to their home server to be sold to evil companies as demographic marketing data. This consumes your bandwidth (affecting Internet speed), your system's memory (affecting how much and how fast your computer can get things done) and your CPU cycles (affecting speed at which programs can run). Removing these is where Hijackthis comes in handy, although Spybot and Ad Aware should do a lot of it. If you want a major boost without all this trouble, and you have a bit of money to spend, take your computer (just the main box) down to a computer store and get them to put in some more RAM (memory). This will almost invariably help to speed things up significantly, although it doesn't remove the source of the problem. Though it's easy for those of us with 1GB of RAM to forget, the typical computer out there in the world is running on maybe 64-128MB. Adding 256-512MB for a cost of ~$100 will make your computer practically feel like new again.