I've kept a computer in a closet since April of 2001 because I hoped, one day, to be able to find out what "got" it, or what it got, depending. It did some very bizarre things in its final months on-line, which isn't surprising based on all I've learned since then. I was on broadband w/o a firewall, no av, & no clue where my cookies were, never mind what they were. I'm surprised an evil site monster didn't grab me and suck my home in through the monitor screen, in retrospect. I've moved it next to another computer, so I can connect a monitor and keyboard easily, and want to boot it, if it will, and run HJT, and hopefully AdAware & Spybot S&D, from floppies or cd. Then I'll be done with it, and my curiosity will be satisfied, or I'll know it can't be. I'm way out of my depth with this experiment, but since the 'puter is toast the worst that can happen is I'll continue not to know. Is there anything about the process I'm planning that someone reading this would do differently or is risky in a way I've not considered? For example, could I destroy the "good" monitor's software or hardware by confusing it with the older machine, making it wiser to use the small monitor we keep as an emergency back-up for the experiment? Or ? Thanks, in advance...even if nothing contributed, you read this far, so must've been willing to advise if there was anything to be said.