how to format c drive only as i have a virus

October 3, 2009 at 08:58:32
Specs: Windows XP
i got a virus that is making my pc very slow so i
thought formatting is best but i have some
important files and stuff in other drives so could
anyone plzz tell me how to format only c drive

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October 3, 2009 at 09:36:35
You should only format as a last resort. Have you run a virus scanner and spyware scanner?

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October 3, 2009 at 10:26:11
Remember too that if/when you run a virus scan (from within XP) first disable the system restore; run scan and the re-enable the system restore (once you are sure you system is clean).

Also run an on-line freebie scan (Trend Housecall) as well as the local scan (util is installed to the current OS).

Even better(?) is to boot with a Knoppix or Ubuntu CD/DVD and run an on-line scan that way. That approach has the drive as resource only to the OS on a CD/DVD. And while you're booted up that way... you could copy all those important files etc to optical media - for safety. Also verify (if possible) that those copies are accessible on at least one other system...

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October 3, 2009 at 11:25:44
yes i did the scan with avg free 8.0 it is showing the virus but
shall i delete all the files it is showing to have virus??

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October 3, 2009 at 11:32:25
Did you disable system restore first; and also if/when it find any nasties... does it "quarantine" them? If quarantine tales place; then delete the contents of that folder too - once scan is complete. Then rescan - and perhaps also use Trend (on-line freebie) as a back up/second scan on this occasion too.
Occasionally any given scanner may not find them all - especially if it's a very new nasty...

And as above.. do a scan via Knoppix/Ubuntu; perhaps this first. Then go as immediately above...?

What/which files does avg say are infected; and does it quarantine them or not?

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October 3, 2009 at 11:51:25
If you insist on formating, play it safe & disconnect the other drives so that they don't accidentally get formated too.

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October 3, 2009 at 12:05:19
no it is not quarantineing them

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October 3, 2009 at 12:18:38
how do you disconnect other drives

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October 3, 2009 at 12:40:44
And again... did you disable system restore before scanning? If you don't.. it's quite likely the pests will be "restored" afresh..; which is why one disable XP system resotre (so as to prevent this....).

Also often better to scan in safe-mode (with networking) and with system restore disabled as above...; that scan being the locally installed scanner, and/or via an on-line freebie... (I'd do both.)

When scanning with local util - disconnect from www.

And also as above... did you do a Knoppix/Ubuntu boot to run an on-line freebie scan (avg, or Housecall etc...)?

Before you set about disconcecting drives etc. (and reformatting)... go thru the above. If problems persist (and they may/may not...) then consider the reformat approach.

It depends on what drives you have, and how they're connected - Master/Slave relationships, or cable-se;ect? In the former arrangment there will be jumper to change on the Master drive; if the latter no jumper(s) to worry at this time/in that case...

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