Solved How To Format All Partitions At Once

July 26, 2011 at 04:54:22
Specs: Windows XP
My PC is infected by Virut virus therefore I have to format entire hard disk. I want to know how can I format all the partitions on my PC - C,D,E,F while reinstalling Windows XP.

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July 26, 2011 at 05:00:11
You don't need to format all the partitions. The virus is only on the partition that contains the operating system. Have you tried removing it first. Formatting is a last resort.

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July 26, 2011 at 05:23:18

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July 26, 2011 at 05:26:28
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The virus is only on the partition that contains the operating system.

I wouldn't be to sure about that. Viri can lurk almost anywhere ready to relaunch itself when it detects that the OS has been re-installed, especially in an infected .EXE file on some other partition..

I Agree though, reformatting everything is only a last resort. There are usually way of getting rid of viri without going through all the hassle of reformatting, that assuming that there really is a virus. With with the lack of information one can only assume.

If you do decide to go down the reformatting router the simplest way is to boot from your XP Installation disk, delete all partition and start again from scratch. I take it you do have an installation disk or at least a recovery disk becasue you are going to need it if you delete everything


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July 26, 2011 at 05:59:30
Yesterday I tried to run Comobofix and got the message that "Your PC may be infected by Virut Virus". Few days ago Chrome started to show some error which according to some on Google help forum is due to some virus.

I saw few posts on internet regarding the Virut virus and all suggested that I should reinstall windows since it is almost impossible to clean it from PC. I format the partition C that contains Windows XP and reinstalled the windows but it didn't seems to have fixed the problem. I tried using Combofix again and got the same error.

My PC is running slow, so is internet and it freezed unexpectdly while writing this answer. There are several .exe files running in the process that I never saw before. These are the reasons why I assume that perhaps I have been hit by Virut.

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July 26, 2011 at 06:30:03
U don't have to formal all partitions.
-before u format download anti virus(i recommend ms security essentials) and manual update and save it to drive D

-Format only drive C and install windows

-When u see the desktop for the 1st time(make sure u don't restart the system) click start button > run > type D: and hit enter button (don't double click any drive).

-Locate antivirus .exe file and start to install then use manual update to update it (if u use win xp sp2 u need to install win installer 3.1 first). Scan the system ASAP, when scan complete u are free to restart and install driver and other apps.

I have used this procedure and worked all the time.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.

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July 26, 2011 at 07:22:58
Check response # 2. Symantec & several others have developed programs specifically to remove the virut virus.

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July 26, 2011 at 23:34:11
StuartS... being a bit pedantic here, Virus is not a Latin word so the plural is "viruses" not "viri". Common mistake though!


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July 27, 2011 at 01:32:00
Actually virus is a Latin word, as are most words with medical origins.

virus n. 1 microscopic organism often causing diseases. 2 = *computer virus. [Latin, = poison]


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July 28, 2011 at 22:20:00
I stand corrected but refer here: and this paragraph in particular:


The English plural of virus is viruses, not viri.[1] In most speaking communities this is non-controversial and speakers would not attempt to use the non-standard plural in -i. However, in computer enthusiast circles in the late 20th century and early 21st, the non-standard viri form (sometimes even virii) was well-attested, generally in the context of computer viruses. This has been attributed by commentators such as Tom Christiansen to a tendency among technical writers to favor Latin or Greek plurals over English ones when both are common (e.g. choosing indices over indexes) and a general tendency to introduce non-standard plural forms (e.g. VAXen, emacsen as the plurals of VAX and emacs, respectively).

While the number of users employing these non-standard plural forms of virus was always a proportionally small percentage of the English-speaking population, the variation was notable because it coincided with the growth of the internet, a medium on which its users were for a time over-represented. As the distribution of internet users shifted to be more representative of the population as a whole during the 2000s, the non-standard forms saw decline in usage. A tendency towards prescriptivism in the computer enthusiast community, combined with the growing awareness that viri and virii are not etymologically supported plural forms, also played a part.

Nonetheless, the question of what the Latin plural of virus would have been turns out not to be straightforward, as no plural form is attested in extant Latin literature. Furthermore, its unusual status as a neuter noun ending in -us apparently not of Greek origin obscures its morphology, making guesses about how it should have been declined difficult.

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July 29, 2011 at 02:49:51
However, in computer enthusiast circles in the late 20th century and early 21st, the non-standard viri form (sometimes even virii) was well-attested, generally in the context of computer viruses.

As this is a computer forum and I have been using computers since the 1970s when computer viri were first invented, viri is more natural. It is common for computer people to use the original Latin than an Anglicised version. Indecies in instead of indexes is another one that comes to mind.

It is the linguistic opposite of using text speech.


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July 30, 2011 at 17:08:15
Ahh well I'll learn to live with it I guess! Funny you should mention Indices I have always used indexes for that one. It's a curious language is English (and in this case Latin). My other bugbear is the pronunciation of words like "skeletal" (common usage) and "skeleetal" (US). In the common usage both "e's" in the common usage are pronounced eh as in egg.


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