I have added my list of things to do and things to get, and I have added CCleaner to the list mainly because it's free, but Evidence Eliminator and Tracks Eraser Pro, both do the same thing and a lot things and more thoroughly, if a more thorough and in depth job is what you need, then I suggest those.
;) For Spy ware protection and general help cleaning up the computer and registry, Anti Virus protection and software download websites, old and new game downloads, CD & DVD Burning help,I recommend, the following files, as I have found 1 or even 2 is not always enough, as 1 may find something the others do not, so protect yourself with several programs, if may be a pain, but a necessary one.
I have personally tested each program on this list and I had taken them from the top review sites around the net as ones already chosen as the top performers.
Microsoft New SPyware program-Formerly Giant spyware, they bought it out.
Spybot search and destroy
Aluria's Spyware Eliminator
Spyware Blaster, this one prevents certain items, before they are even installed, it does not clean
I would suggest at the very least 3 or more of the above programs.
Registry and Fix and Repair programs
Fix it Utilities 5 this one has an excellent Scandisk, better than the one with your OS
Advanced System Optimizer
System Mechanic 5
Registry First Aid
Any 2 or more of these.
And download the Google toolbar with built in pop up stopper for your browser is good.
And a good solid Anti Virus Program or 2, updated weekly.
AVG Anti Virus
Etrust EZ Anti virus
Also free online Virus scans
I would suggest using 2 of these.
A good defragging Program or 2
Diskeeper Lite or Even better the full Pro version
O&O Defrag V4 Professional Edition 4.0.508
Also run from Start/run type in chkdsk then let that run then type in chkdsk /f to help fix WinXP errors.
2 Excellent Programs to erase your tracks and where you go online.
Tracks Eraser Pro
CCleaner This one is free at www.ccleaner.com but the above 2 programs do a lot more thorough cleaning job than Ccleaner, but its good to have them all 3.
Also use the below website, that tests and reviews some of the best programs out for many
Different things, they give you side by side comparisons and rate each one in many categories.
If you need computer parts try this website
www.newegg.com they are the best and fastest retailer, I have ever dealt with on the net, great service, delivery and solid competitive pricing.
PC Security Checks
Download sites for reviews and trying out new products
An excellent program I can't do without, it is a Windows Explorer replacement, much better
Old Games Downloads & Abandonware
http://www.the-underdogs.org/ No cost, just get a password and join for free, its loaded with older computer games and they rate them.
http://www.freeoldies.com/ more of an old game search engine
http://www.argosoft.com/games/dos.html strictly old Dos games
Good Peer 2 Peer file sharing Programs
These are all better and Safer than Kazaa Lite
You can find all of the above programs with these 2 programs, but If you use them then please eventually purchase them.
Also you can find some of the programs here
You must download & install the free file Bit torrent.exe to download files 1st.
Ares Installs 1 file that Spyware may detect, but its just the program file itself, so ignore it. Good solid file sharing progam.
WinMX Sometimes slower than Ares, but neither install Spyware or Adware.
Bearshare has tons of items and is fast, but it loads down your computer with Spyware, Adware and who knows what else, but for that 1 hard to find file, they may have it, but beware of all the problems.
DVD & CD Burning review, Help and Download sites
http://dvd-burning-software-reviews.com/ mainly reviews DVD software
http://www.burnworld.com/ A very thorough and complete website on burning.
http://www.cdfreaks.com/ Another huge Burning website