256mb is really the limit and you are asking for issues if it's not increased soon, especially with todays applications demanding more and more resources. We Mods recommend at least 500mb.
Try the free versions of these two applications, update them before running and let them clean everything they find and reboot if asked to.
ty for the info about the ram.
what do i do with my desktop that has a virus and will not even allow those two free
vs programs to run?
do I need a disc or is there a way to download those programs and install/run them with the virus?
Please try this "QuickScan" that I created. It should takes about 10 minutes to scan and clean key areas of your computer using McAfee VirusScan. It will download and update and run without needing to be installed. When it is done, a log file will be shown. Please post the contents of that log file.