Wiping out my computer

August 30, 2005 at 12:22:05
Specs: Celeron, celeron:16.6

My computer has 70 viruses. I want to completely wipe out the entire harddrive and start over. Now how may I go about and do this? Or how do I get rid of all the viruses. Ill scan with McAfee,get rid of them all, reboot and their back. What should I do?

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August 30, 2005 at 13:09:15

For instructions on reformatting your drive, we will need more accurate information on which operating system you use. It probably starts with Windows followed by some numbers or letters.

Only the first of the nasties you listed are virii. The rest are adware. Antivirus programs are not very adept at removing these lesser threats. At the top of this forum you will find a link to useful links. Get 'Spybot Search & Destroy' and 'Ad-Aware'. Between these two programs, you should be able to clean up those problems that McAffee can't.

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August 30, 2005 at 13:12:07

Try these 2 free scans....you may not have to reformat your drive.

On-line Spyware Scan

RAV on-line Scan Anti-virus

Hopefully my advice will help you...Please post back with your results....thanks

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August 30, 2005 at 14:25:43

With Windows 9x, you need a boot disk with fdisk on it. Delete the recreate the partition(s) on the drive.

This can also be done inside Windows 2000 or XP setup programs.

Rule #1: Good Computers don't go down.
Rule #2: There is no such thing as a good computer.

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August 30, 2005 at 15:32:41

Currently I'm scanning for viruses w/ McAfee, and then Ill use XPuser4reals advice,and I'll report back.

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August 30, 2005 at 20:27:38


i used that one, and the scan isdone. what do I do now?

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August 30, 2005 at 22:28:48

http://www.killdisk.com will cleanse the hard drive totally, absolutely nothing left............

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August 31, 2005 at 07:34:45

This is quite time consuming but,here's what I do:

Use a program called Darik's boot 'n nuke. It installs from one floppy. After its installed you can remove the floppy and select from various security level options that take increasing time to wipe the hard drive. Get the prgram with "Eraser" which is free download at www.majorgeeks.com and others.

Then I restore the computer to its new-out-of-the-box state using the restore disk that came with the computer.

Then I run Windows XP service pack 2.

Then I setup the dialer to connect to my $4.95 a month dial-up internet. and install free Zonealarm firewall.

Then I connect to Microsoft Windows update and go through all that until finally I have downloaded all the critical security updates.

Whew. I take abreak.

Then I install Norton Ghost 2003 which came with something else i bought one time. Ghost make a hard drive image on cD or DVD so next time I can speed this process up quite a bit by just using the original restore disk to get an operating system on so I can install Ghost and use the image disk to bring it back to that point.

Then comes reinatsll all of the programs I use and the other data, image, tunes, etc. files I had saved on an external HD.

But, I install Avast! antivirus, Spybot, AdAware, CrapCleaner, and SpywareBlaster--all free--first to (I hope) fend off or detect the incoming garbage.

This is quite time-consuming, and probably not truly geek approved, cause I'm not raelly ageek, but it works for me. Good Luck.

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September 1, 2005 at 14:12:58

Did anything fix your problem?

Hopefully my advice will help you...Please post back with your results....thanks

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