My dad's laptop got something. It's changing his desktop background picture to one in plain blue background with yellow fonts telling him to install antispyware and antivirus. It ruined his Avast and I had to reinstall it, and it's not letting him connect to the internet. So now I can't update avast to do a virus scan. I scanned with AVG spyware which removed quite some stuff, a couple of which were high risk. But the problem still remains, even though I removed most suspicious entries from Hijackthis. I think the best way to go around it, apart from finding a solution, would be a fresh windows install. The laptop really needs it... But what's holding me back is that he has like 80GB of stuff (family photos, encyclopedias, movies and books ) which he doesn't want to lose. I have no idea how I can back up that stuff... and I dare not think how time-consuming it'd be! How much MB does a dvd hold? But to top it all I think he told me once that he never managed to burn a dvd on that laptop. I have a 2GB pendrive, but to record 80GB using that... Is there a way I can connect the laptop to my pc so as to leave it alone copying onto my HDD? Or would that be too risky because something bad might come over on my rig as well... Any ideas?