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Does Reformatting Always Work?


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#1 Uberstroker

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 07:28 PM

Hi, I have recently been infected with XP Antivirus 2008, and while I'm still seeking help, I am strongly considering reformatting my PC. What I want to know is: is reformatting always a guarantee to get rid of viruses?

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 07:46 PM

You must do a full format, wipe the drive and completelyreinstall XP.
That said you have an open HJT log posted today. I will leave this thread open for you to reply to as you need to tell us your decision. We don't want to waste the time of the HJT team volunteers who may start to work on yur log post.
We need to know if you are going to format or stay with th log.
Thanks for your reply.
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Posted 26 June 2008 - 08:06 PM

Well for the time being, I won't even have the option to reformat for at least the next few days (my friend is out of town and he has the windows disk). So for the time being I am going to continue to be committed to fixing the problem without reformatting, and if I can get a solution, I will stick with that, but I just want the option to reformat.

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 08:10 PM

OK good but you should make no changes to the PC til the HJT tech advises. So I will close this topic . If you need assistance til then please PM me or any Moderator.


Now that your log is properly posted, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a HJT Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

If after 5 days you still have received no response, then post a link to your HJT log in the thread titled "Haven't Had A Reply In Five Days?".

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.
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