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Reformatting HP after Malware... Have Recovery partition though.


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#1 buzzhunter

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 03:40 PM

Thanks to the help of Jat90, I believe that I now need to reformat my computer to be absolutely sure I am free of malware. However, I have a partitioned hard drive. C: is my main operating drive, but there is a D: drive for recovery.

I was wondering why I do not have the XP discs. These came loaded on the computer (it's an HP). Is it possible that D: has eeverythign Ineed to reformat the main drive C: AND reload my XP OS? Perhaps Office as well (I think that came loaded too). I am not at the infected computer at the moment so I can't be more specific, but since I just placed an order for XP, I wanted to know if maybe I should cancel it.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Steve

P.S. Big ups to Jat90 for the speedy Malware help! Even if we didn't clean it, Jat was awesome.

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 04:13 PM

Yes the HP has a recovery partition
Did you also scan that partition to make sure it is virus free?

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http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...;product=376085
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Posted 07 April 2009 - 04:14 PM

I scanned the whole computer, but will do another scan on D: specifically. I totally forgot about this before order my XP, home this works and I can return it unopened!

Thanks for the help, I'll post if I make any progress. Any other suggestions/thing to look for are welcome as well.

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 06:37 PM

I can return it unopened!

It never hurts to have a copy. Just in case
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Posted 09 April 2009 - 08:36 AM

Thanks again. I was able to completely reformat and start fresh with the XP sitting in my recovery partition. Took a while to get all the updates, but I'm back up and running! Now I just need to reload all my programs and personal files... and make sure to stay updated with my security MANUALLY! I think I will return the unopened XP though... $187 for something I already have on my recovery drive seems silly. But thanks!

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 09:12 AM

FWIW: Since you aren't going to have a copy of XP...and will continue to run XP as your O/S...you might want to start making/maintaining disk images of your system...for the next time (there's seldom only one).

Then you would not have to worry about reinstalling programs or data files, assuming that you do timely backups of the system.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 09:13 AM

Thanks, I was thinking I would do that this time! :-)

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 09:51 AM

You are welcome, happy computing :thumbsup:.

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