So I told my computor-genius friend! He tells me that the ONLY way to remove a virus from a computor is to wipe the harddrive. Alright, I don't know him that well but he's really nice and he says that he's done this a million times. So I'm very inclined to trust him.
I'm a luddite. I don't know what to believe. There are a lot of programs, free or not, that claim they can fix your computor, but I don't know if I should believe that. I don't know if I still do have a virus or if my computor is being slow because I downloaded so dang many scanners. CyberDefense seems to think that I still have 16 viruses/infections, it tells me that each time I boot up but of course I need to buy their product in order to fix the 'problem'.
I don't want to wipe the drive if I don't have to. I do have all my files backed up on a Maxtor external harddrive, everything from August or so, and I wouldn't be loosing anything terribly important. But what about all the programs that are on my computor? Corel Painter, Adobe Photoshop, Wacom Intuos, etc? I have files saved from those programs on the external harddrive, will I be able to see them again if I wipe the harddrive?
My ultimate question is: Is my friend right? Do I need to wipe the drive and start over, or is there another way to do this?
I have Microsoft XP, got the computor in 2005, have McAfee, but I now have a few others as well. (which I'm told is a bad situation and that I should just get rid of all the scanners and antivirus programs.)
Edited by Nervous Tuna, 04 October 2008 - 08:04 PM.