Okay, this is a very sick patient.
IE has been operating slowly/intermittently.
Outlook is virtually nonusable.
My firewall keeps telling me that various applications, some of which I've never heard of, are trying to contact various IP addresses.
My office applications are trying to contact the outside world.
I can't even access certain internet pages with my firewall turned on, so I have to turn it off.
When my computer is within infra-red range of another computer, it transfers sinister-sounding files to the other computer.
I have no anti-virus or anti-anything software on my machine.
Is there a way out of this mess that does not involve reformatting my hard drive?
If I do have to reformat my hard drive (a *very* time-consuming proposition to get set up again with so much software), then I will back up all my data files. But how do I know that my data files don't carry viruses themselves?
Can someone give me a step by step process for getting my computer healthy again, hopefull one that doesn't cost too much money?