No worries, we've all been in your position at some point ^^
Step 1 - Finding the image.
Look around on the web ( google.com or whatever) and find a pic you like. A lot of sites have ready made avatars (they're just cropped pics). Or you can make your own by finding any pic, then taking it into an image editing program like GIMP or whatever. Even Paint really. And just cut it down to size with the Crop tool.
If you've found one already then just save it to your computer and go to Step 2 (one note: It's best to store the image yourself rather than just link to wherever you found it. This is because people pay for bandwidth everytime the image is displayed (since you actually download webpage images to be able to display them ))
Step 2 - Getting the image online.
Now it's on your computer, but naturally it needs to be online. So you'll need some space of your own to store images. There's quite a few free image hosts out there. Last time I looked, http://photobucket.com/
was good and might still be a decent free host. So just make an account there following the steps and use their interface to upload the image.
Once uploaded, the pic can be found online using it's personal address (aka the link).
Now I don't know what the links are exactly like for photobucket but it'll be something like this:
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(the words in capital letters would be replaced with the relevant details)
Never used Photobucket. But they should have instructions as you go along and if you get stuck anywhere just say.
Step 3 - Setting your avatar.
Click on Profile up top.
Scroll down to the bottom.
Enter the link to your avatar in the little box titled "Link to off-site Avatar:"
Let me know if you have any problems ^^;