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TIKI

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#1 10 years ago

hey all, my computer has a virus/popups/spyware (no its not from looking at porn) and i jsut need to restore it to when I got it. My brother knows how to crash the computer, but he has no time now with school. So any help on finding out how to crash it and restart from scratch would be highly appreciated. Thanks




coolduderyan07

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1st January 2005

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#2 10 years ago

ASSUMING YOU HAVE WINDOWS XP:

Did you try system restore under accessories>systemtools>system restore?

If so, then just use the install disk that you got with your pc. Should be a red/burgundy color. It will help you format your hard drive and start you fresh.




Guest

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#3 10 years ago

Ok, I don't know if I can be much help, but I'm wondering; what exactly is your problem, is it pop-ups, massive computer slowdowns, or what? Also, when do you get the problem, when you use the internet, run certain programs, or just at random? Also, what makes you think it is a virus, and where do you suspect you got it? Often times they come with the less...legal side of the net. Asking those questions may help you pinpoint and Google the problem, where you should be able to get further help without having to re-install your OS. If you do need to do that, make sure you have all of your important data off the HDD, because a re-format wipes out the entire partition.




ConstanceJill

Huh yeah, whatever ^^

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#4 10 years ago

I'm not quite sure what you want to do, since your title leads me to think you just want to make so that the computer can't work fine anymore ... however :

TIKI;4557748[...] restart from scratch would be highly appreciated. Thanks

Easy ^^ Get your (windows ?) installation CD, delete all existing partitions, create a new one (or several if you wish), then reinstall. What might be a bit more difficult is finding drivers, if you don't know your hardware well... but there are utilities out there for that.




Guest

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#5 10 years ago

Right click your "C" drive in my computer and press "Format"?

formatcdrivetc4.jpg

It looks weird cause I have a custom Windows XP style just so you know.




ConstanceJill

Huh yeah, whatever ^^

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#6 10 years ago

I doubt Windows would allow formating the system drive it's currently running from :hmm:




DarkKrucifix7

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#7 10 years ago

¬ _ ¬;4558157Right click your "C" drive in my computer and press "Format"?

formatcdrivetc4.jpg

It looks weird cause I have a custom Windows XP style just so you know.

IF it does work...you would need your installation disk again...




Kilobyte

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#8 10 years ago

It won't work, I've tried. It works on Windows 95/98/ and WinMe. However XP prevents Format from running on C:\.

XP Clean Install

The Above link contains instructions, and pictures on the left to see what it looks like.

When you get to the screen below, press "D" to delete Windows, the "C" to create a new NTFS partition.

XPpro3setup.jpg




Warborg

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#9 10 years ago
TIKI;4557748hey all, my computer has a virus/popups/spyware (no its not from looking at porn) and i jsut need to restore it to when I got it. My brother knows how to crash the computer, but he has no time now with school. So any help on finding out how to crash it and restart from scratch would be highly appreciated. Thanks

I'm not sure why you would want it it to crash.

As mentioned, XP has restore (so does Vista)... if this doesn't fix it:

I would personally recommend something like spybot(it's free). It worked wonders on my computer a few years back getting rid of a few viruses and spyware I had. If your system is new then also as mentioned, formatting it shouldn't hurt.