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Help fixing an old Dell Latitude?

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So my mom picked up an old Dell Latitude E6500 at a garage sale for $35 (decent deal). I looked at it, and it's physically in perfect condition. But as soon as I boot into Windows, I noticed all sorts of issues:

It was running Windows XP in 32 bit, making only half of the RAM usable.
They didn't format the hard drive... so we were left with all their BS.
Massive amounts of bloatware.
And malware... malware everywhere.

So I figured if I just do a system restore then it will be just fine. I go into system restore (had to execute it through command prompt because the viruses disassociated Windows with .exe files) and I choose the earliest date possible, some time in the year 2010. After the system restore finished, a lot of the malware seemed to be gone. But there was one big issue. Only certain websites would load.
It wasn't a matter of whether internet explorer would crash or not, it was just whether or not it would connect at all in the first place! So I download Malwarebytes and do a scan. It finds 36 "issues", 30 of which were viruses. After removing all of these however, the website issue persisted. I googled around and I couldn't find anyone with the same issue. Sucks.
I want to do a full clean install, but I don't have a copy of Windows on hand, I only have the CD they left in the cd-rom drive. I tried downloading a 64 bit iso of Windows XP SP4 unofficial, but it crashed. I will try to do this again soon though.

The big thing I think I need to know right now is how I can fix this issue with it only connecting to certain websites?
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do a fresh install and wipe that disc clean. windows 10 should be free.

download the windows 10 iso from the windows website. put on usb. install.

more than likely it will upgrade for free so just skip the key window. also during installation when its doing all the settings, do the custom settings and put everything to "no".
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Originally Posted by IMI4tth3w View Post

do a fresh install and wipe that disc clean. windows 10 should be free.

download the windows 10 iso from the windows website. put on usb. install.

more than likely it will upgrade for free so just skip the key window. also during installation when its doing all the settings, do the custom settings and put everything to "no".

Yeah working on a clean install now.

Can't use Windows 10 because this CPU is too slow for Windows 10.
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