I want to reinstall winxp because of a virus

May 3, 2011 at 06:13:47
Specs: Windows xp sp3, intel 2.2 1gb of ram
How can I reinstall winxp without losing data

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#1
May 3, 2011 at 07:55:31
You can do a "repair installation" which is basically reinstalling XP over the top of itself, but I don't think that will wipe the virus. Why don't you just remove the virus rather than going thru the hassle?

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#2
May 3, 2011 at 08:56:28
The fake windows recovery anti-virus use to come up during startup but since I ran an anti-virus it doesn't. The only problem is that I don't have anything in all programs except the anti-virus that I used to get rid of the virus. Thanks for your reply.

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#3
May 7, 2011 at 23:53:38
lenville, there're a bunch of cleaners around as well as some online proggies. Which is best sorta depends on what you've got. Have a look at:
housecall
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/hou...
panda scan
http://www.pandasoftware.es/actives...
Both online.
You can scan/clean yourself if you'd rather. Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Malware Bytes (http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html) seems to be the preferred remover, but I've run into a few it couldn't handle. Superantispyware (seems able to handle all comers. Info only. I’m not paid for recommendation. WARNING! FYI, a full scan on mine takes over an hour.) can do the job and you can get it free @:
http://www.superantispyware.com/
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update any cleaner prior to running.
Disable 'restore' after cleaning and run it again (to remove any nasties living there, restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back should you later ‘restore’. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
HTH
Ed in Texas

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#4
May 8, 2011 at 05:24:58
Thank you Ed, I appreciate your time. Have a nice day.

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