I have virus do i need to delete and reformat

Microsoft Windows xp home edition sp2b
December 15, 2009 at 12:01:40
Specs: Windows XP
I have a computer with two partitions and recently found a virus. To be safe do I have to delete both partitions to make sure the virus does not come back. Also if I should does that meant I have to install windows twice?>

Please advise

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December 15, 2009 at 12:05:09
No & No.

BTW, there is a Security and Virus forum which would have been a more appropriate place to post your question(s).

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December 15, 2009 at 12:09:03
ok should i go to that forum, and does that mean since you said no and no, i can just delete one partition and install windows on that one? Leave the other one untouched?

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December 15, 2009 at 12:09:41
jabuck is very knowledgeable about viruses....he can help you......in Security and Virus forum...for sure...

You don`t have to reformat.....no data loss and so....the virus can be removed without doing that...
Google is your friend


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December 15, 2009 at 12:26:26
As far as I know, there's nothing preventing transfer between partitions (assuming they are being used by the same Operating System), so if one of them is infected, the other will probably also be.

You need to remove the virus first, unless you don't care about any data being lost, or infected data being burned as backup, containing virusses

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December 16, 2009 at 04:32:38
As long as you can boot up with (XP) you first disable system restore - and then you can (ought to) run both a locally installed virus utility scan etc.; and also an on-line freebie via Trend.com (using their freebie Housecall).

Anything that is "quarantined" as a result of the scan(s) delete - and then (once all is clear) reboot and re-enable system restore.

Other option: boot up with a Knoppix or Ubuntu CD/DVD; go on-line again to Trend and run their freebie utility...

A full scan via any working OS (a full scan of the entire PC/laptop) ought to find/clean out anything nasty - regardless of partitions...

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