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Re: How do I make sure my second hand computer is safe?
if it were me.. other than the standard virus/trojan/malware checks.. I would uninstall everything, save for Windows and any necessary drivers.. then create a new user with admin rights, switch over to that user and delete any old user(s) including their files..
after that run msconfig to see what if anything is set to run at startup.. disable and remove anything that isn't system/driver related.. same with services - 3rd party services are usually easy to find.. disable those or uninstall them if you can.. then run windows update to bring the system up to date.. after all that then start installing or reinstalling programs.
all this is on the premise that I have no usable install media to do a clean install after wiping the disk..