Posted 15 March 2005 - 12:30 PM
If the actual reinstall is something you want to attempt then it really is a matter of personal choice whether to clean your system or reinstall. If you haven't done it before make sure you do a little research first. A reinstall of the operating system will take a couple of hours which is probably about the same amount of time you'll spend removing malware.
If you format you need to be prepared. You would have to determine which files you want to save and have a means of saving them. This would include your address book and favorites. You need your operating system cd along with service packs and the motherboard cd and the drivers for any peripherals. You should also have a copy of your anti-virus and firewall of choice to install before you get on the net. Then of course if you don't have copies of your favorite programs you will need to find, download and install them.
The bonus to reinstalling is a clean OS and a computer that hopefully will operate a little better than one which has been used for a time and then repaired.
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