You can go on over to the Am I Infected forum for some advice on removing the infections: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/
Or you can backup (copy) your documents and reformat the system.
The choice is based upon several factors:
- time involved in removing the infection
- time involved in backing up your data
- time involved in formatting your hard drive and reinstalling Windows (with all drivers, programs, etc)
- the type of restore media that you have (PC Manufacturer disks/partitions usually are easier than a plain Windows XP CD)
- the intangible benefit of a new install vs the old one (the new one is generally "peppier").
Backing up your data/files/documents is a good idea even if you don't have a problem. There's no telling when a problem may prevent you from being able to access them. As a first step, I'd suggest investing in an external hard drive to copy your stuff to. Most of the saveable stuff is in the My Documents or Shared Documents folders on your computer (My Documents is different for each user, so check them all). Some other things to consider are things that save their information outside the My Documents folder. IME the most common of these are tax/accounting programs and email clients. But, in short, if there's anything that you can't survive without - ensure that you locate the backup and copy it to your external hard drive BEFORE reformatting.
Edited by usasma, 06 July 2008 - 06:26 AM.
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