Posted 17 February 2009 - 04:31 PM
Over the weekend, my computer got attacked by a bunch of malware, including at least one backdoor and rootkit. Following the advice I received in another forum here, I've decided it's better to be safe than sorry, so I'm going to backup my files and do a re-format and re-install of my operationg system.
I'm a little nervous, however. My computer (HP Pavilion a1440n with XP Media Center SP2) is a retail l unit, and the only software I have are the 3 recovery discs it had me create after purchasing it. It's the first computer I've owned that didn't come with recovery discs. I'm kind of anxious about trusting that the homemade ones the system did years ago are even going to work now.
Another thing I'm unsure about: my hard drive has a Recovery partition (D: drive) on it. Will I need this in order to do the re-install, or will my recovery discs be sufficient? I would imagine when I re-format the drive, that partition will be erased as well. Or if not, that it would need to be, to ensure there isn't anything left of the backdoor or rootkit lurking in the other partition. So if I erase that, am I going to have problems getting my computer working again?
If I didn't hate Vista so much, I'd just go out and buy it at Circuit City while they're having their liquidation sale and be done with it. But I'd much rather get my XP Media Center back if I can.
I'm also a little nervous about putting my backed-up files back onto the cleaned drive later. Will doing a scan of the external hard drive before I move anything be enough to ensure nothing bad is going to get transfered over? I'm going to be careful not to back up anything executable. I just want to be sure I can save all of my music and pictures and fonts, as well as all the documents and grahpics (Adobe) files from my design business Anything I don't have software for, I can re-download later. If I can't, then I probably don't really need it.
Thanks in advance for your help.