Since I got a new laptop, I decided to pass on my old one to the kids, let them have yet another computer to play on.
Now it is infected with a virus, after only a couple months of use, something to do with a buffer overflow warning message that McAfee keeps popping up. Tried to fix it but things slowly got worse, until the laptop refuses to startup at all.
So now I'm reinstalling Windows XP (they didn't want Ubuntu, believe it or not) which will take awhile, but the machine will be clean and free of junk.
Hopefully it'll stay that way for some time.