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Used Computer, Need Help Cleaning Out

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by MrBubbly, Apr 1, 2010.

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  1. MrBubbly

    MrBubbly Thread Starter

    Feb 16, 2010
    So I had to replace my computer with a used computer coming from my relative. I've tried manually uninstalling each program and software that I know I don't need, but there are plenty that I have no idea about. I've already backed up all the important files that he needs/wants. I just need to know which files to keep and what to get rid of.

    I've tried formatting the hard drive, but I guess it's no longer an option because I don't have a disc to reinstall windows.

    I own a Windows 7 Home Premium, acer.
    If you guys need any more information, I'd be happy to post them.
    I'll also run a scan now to check for viruses.

    Also, when I ran a scan in HiJack it said:

    "Your system denied write access to Hosts File. If any hijacked domains are in this file, HiJackThis may NOT be able to fix this."

    I don't understand that, but when I try to open the logfile it says that it cannot find the file. What do I do?
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