How to Delete your comp completely? -1 reply

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angrygod

Shifty Mcboner

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#1 14 years ago

i want to take everything off my comp and start over again. i dont have the money to get it looked at so is there a inexpensive disk i can buy to take everything out? Its a virus/spyware thats messing my comp up.




S1l3ntSt4lk3r

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#2 14 years ago
angrygodi want to take everything off my comp and start over again. i dont have the money to get it looked at so is there a inexpensive disk i can buy to take everything out? Its a virus/spyware thats messing my comp up.

if you were infected by a virus dont back up any files even if you scanned it through virus scan; because the ant-virus didnt catch it the first time it probably wont catch it the second time; i backed up a file i thought was clean and reformated windows and the virus reinfected the computer because of that one file get use to redownloading files because you have to start fresh if you have spyware hell everyone has spyware




FactionRecon

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#3 14 years ago

Man I'd hate to be in your position. I don't really know of any way to get rid of EVERYTHING.




angrygod

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#4 14 years ago

well if anyone knows how to delete everything, please tell me. ALso is fable just for xbox?




D-Fens

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#5 14 years ago

format c:, d: etc




angrygod

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#6 14 years ago

i have no idea what that means, could you explain for me please?




D-Fens

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#7 14 years ago

If you have no idea it might be too advanced/"dangerous" . Here's some links that explains. Use at own risk... http://www.pcuser.com.au/pcuser/hs2.nsf/web/3D2F91493F7B80D5CA256EA80038C9A7 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;%5BLN%5D;Q313348




suzukiltd

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#8 14 years ago

Download spybot search and destroy and addware. Also get hijack this. Then go to this forum www.suporttechguy.com, and post a log file that you will create with hijack this in the security forum. They will breif you how to clean your computer from there. It might take from a few hours to a few days, depends on your problem. The thing is they will help you fix it for sure.




C38368

...burning angel wings to dust

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#9 14 years ago

Heh... I reformat and reinstall about once a year. Even without viruses or spyware/adware/malware, it usually does wonders for performance.

If you have enough money to pick up a spare hard drive, then you've got a couple of options at your disposal: -The easiest in this case is to install Windows onto the new disk if it's large enough, then immediately install your favourite virus scanner (I prefer NAV Corporate myself) from a clean disk (in other words, if you have an install file on the old drive, don't use it--download a new one or install from CD). Run the virus scanner on the old hard drive. Then that finishes, jump online and pay a visit to housecall.trendmicro.com and run their online virus scanner. In theory, since it isn't actually running from a local disk, it cannot be blocked by local viruses. When Housecall finishes up, download, install and update each of the following: Lavasoft's AdAware, Spybot Search & Destroy, and Webroot's Spysweeper. Don't run them at once! Do one, then the next, then the next. Between the three, they should catch just about all the spyware you've got. After all this, it should be safe to copy the files you want to keep to the new drive, then format the old one (which can be done from Windows Explorer by right clicking on the drive and selecting "Format;" just make sure that you click on the correct drive!)

-The second option is to buy a smaller hard drive, and use that to back up the files you want to keep. On the old drive, just reinstall Windows. When the setup program asks what partition you want to use, tell it to delete the old NTFS partition, and then have it do the full format (not the "Quick" option which it defaults to), and you should be good to go. Once Windows is installed, you should then run the virus and spyware checks detailed above on the archived files. As long as you scan everything, you shouldn't have a problem with viruses, since most aren't capable of spontaneously propogating, although some are attached to processes that Windows loads by default.

-Finally, if you have no money at all for a new disk, you can just reinstall Windows as explained above. The full format (which can take upwards of an hour) I believe is pretty close to a low-level format, which is just about the most complete and final way to clear a drive short of excessive exposure to magnetic fields.

Hope this made sense.




Count Nosferatu

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#10 14 years ago

XP's copy protection nullifies the Formatting side though :\ EDIT: and Trend's PCCillin > Any Norton or McAfee based products [bigger Trend has a bigger AV branch than Synantec companyand the program uses a smaller CPU signature on your machine]




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