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Solved: Reformatting of computer due to virus

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by kim-smells, Dec 28, 2006.

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  1. kim-smells

    kim-smells Thread Starter

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    I've come across a virus that i am not able to get rid of & reformatting my computer is the only option. Problem is, i don't know how to reformat my computer. Can someone please instruct me on what to do. Help is greatly appreciated :)
     
  2. ozrom1e

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    You might have to remove the hard drive from this computer and install it in another computer as a slave drive and after it is able to be accessed by Windows on that computer you will have to manually backup all of your important data that you have to another media like CD-R's, DVD or Thumb drive. Then when this is done return it to the original computer as a master drive on the primary IDE cable and do the following:

    I hope you have the Windows software for this machine. Please use Internet Explorer to view this article

    Microsoft KB - How to perform a clean boot in Windows XP =
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;310353
     
  3. kim-smells

    kim-smells Thread Starter

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    ohhhs i forgot to mention that im not all that great at computers.. so most of the things you said there .. i didnt understand.. some of it.. i did... not much tho..


    SORRY!
     
  4. Old Rich

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    enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

    Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

    That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

    If you do not get that message, and you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

    If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:

    http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_install_windows_xp_on_a.htm

    This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:
    http://www.echoproject.net/en/software/catalog.html

    These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp
    http://www.socrtwo.info/cleanxpinstall.htm
    http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

    You will likely have to reload drivers (Chipset first) and applications, If your XP installation disc does not include SP2, after the installation, you will need to download and install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.

    If you want to save your files and settings, you can use the XP Files and Settings Transfer (FAST) wizard to create an image of them and save to cd or other removable media. These are good guides to using the FAST wizard. Just be sure you have an up-to-date antivirus before you re-instate them!

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_fstw.asp
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm

    For help entering BIOS: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
     
  5. kim-smells

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    okays! thanks everyone for your help :)
     
  6. Old Rich

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    Let us know how it comes out . .
     
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