Formatting HDD to get rid of Windows 7 Security 2012 Virus

December 24, 2011 at 19:34:37
Specs: Windows 7 , Dell / 4megs
How do I get rid of Windows 7 Security 2012 Virus. A security program named Windows 7 Security 2012 has taken over my Dell Inspiron 1545. I am thinking the only way to get rid of it is to format the hard drive and reinstall windows 7? your thoughts.

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December 24, 2011 at 19:47:53
use another pc to download some tools, like a livecd to retrieve data

maybe use some antivirus software to scan in safe mode?

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December 24, 2011 at 21:04:32
Complete instructions here: you don't need to re-install!

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December 24, 2011 at 22:19:34
Do not follow those instructions, it's just another scam to get you to buy software. Try creating a live anti-virus CD, boot off it, then run a full scan.

You should also install, update & run a full scan with Malwarebytes' Anti-malware. I suggest you run it from safe mode.

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December 25, 2011 at 05:56:58
Yes to #3, I did not know of this product but AVG is a trusted source and certainly worth a try.
Then boot to safe mode (tap F8 repeatedly at start) with Networking, download Malwarebytes, install, update, and run to make sure you are clean.

My daughter got one of these while I was at work and I had her do an immediate shut down until I got home. I booted directly to Safe Mode but antivirus, malwarebytes, and system restore only got me one of these fake warnings from the infection. THEN I took out my Windows 7 Repair Disk (I tell everyone to make one), launched the repair and did a system restore to two weeks back (well before the infection) from the repair disk (important tool). When the restore was done, I restarted into safe mode and ran multiple scans (Malwarebytes and Webroot, both updated) and all was clean, I restarted in normal mode and did windows update to be sure.
Try this method if the above one does not work for you. If you have not made a Repair Disk yet, you can make one from another Windows 7 machine as long as they are both the same type (32bit or 64 bit) and use that.
Let us know how things go.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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December 27, 2011 at 21:46:33
and why have i got a minus? is what i said not what you guys said? :)

maybe it's how you tell 'em

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December 28, 2011 at 02:13:05
Here are the right instructions.

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January 4, 2012 at 05:42:50
Formatting? Why do you need to perform this extreme measure? Why didn't you try to download MalwareBytes, for example? This is the program which is quite powerful to delete malwares, and you may actually do it for free, at no cost at all. Another option, however, is to delete the virus manually. This is the article with the video how to do it -

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