Re: anti virus suggestion?
Once you have the machine "whipped into shape" Microsoft Security Essentials is just fine as an antivirus. I would also suggest installing Spywareblaster and Spybot Search & Destroy, being sure to use the immunization feature of the latter. Both Spywareblaster and Spybot use pre-emptive measures to prevent clicking through to known problem sites. I haven't used Spybot in a while, but keep Spywareblaster on all of my machines.
I cannot speak to accessibility of either Spywareblaster or Spybot, as I've not tried them with a screen reader. With any luck someone else here has.
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