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Clean Install of XP Home After Rootkit Question


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#1 RAPHelp

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 05:32 PM

Turns out my PC was infected with Trojan.NtRootKit.103 ... it was suggested (and I'm doing it) that a clean install is best. I'll format my C: drive and use a retail CD (which I purchased - no 'knockoff') of XP SP2 BUT my question: Is the File and Settings Wizard OK to use? Will that transfer the 'root problem'?

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 05:57 PM

In order to do a proper "clean" install you will have to delete the C [windows] partition & format it.
When you delete the C partition EVERYTHING on C will be GONE, period.

Turn the unit on and put the XP disk in the drive.
Leave the disk in the drive and restart the unit,
Watch the screen for a message that says "Press any key to boot from CD,
Press a key on the keyboard,
Wait while it goes through starting from the disk,
[You may have to press F8 during startup to accept the EULA]
When you get to the screen with the box that shows the current version of XP installed press "D" on the keyboard,
Press "Enter"
Press "L"
You now should have a screen asking what file system you want to format to, NTFS should be selected by default,
Press enter,
The disk will be formatted and the installation will automatically begin when the format is finished,
During the installation the computer will restart DO NOT press a key to boot from the CD again !
At that point the unit will boot from the hard drive and continue the installation.
After awhile you will be asked to "name" your computer,
I suggest naming it the same as the main user ID
[Example, I have an XP unit named "testbox" the user name is also "testbox"
You will be asked if you want to turn on automatic updates, select NO or Not now,
You will be asked if you want to setup a network connection, click on skip,
You will be asked to enter a user name and password,
Enter the same name you used for the unit ,
Only enter a password if you want to have to log on every time XP starts,
[If you have more then one user you can enter passwords later]
Follow the prompts to finish.
When you get to the desktop the only icon showing will be the recycle bin
Click on the "Tour XP balloon [or icon in the taskbar by the clock] and click "Cancel"
Go to Start>Control Panel,
Double click "Taskbar and Start Menu"
Click on the "Start Menu" tab
Put a dot in the circle by "Classic Start Menu"
[That will put the icons on the desktop]
Click OK
Double click on "Folder Options"
Click on the "View" tab
Go down the list until you find "Show hidden files and folders"
[for future use]
put a dot in the circle by it
Click OK
Close the Control Panel
Double click on "My Computer"
Right click on the "C:" drive
Left click on "Properties"
Click on the "Tools" tab
Click on "Defragment Now"
Defrag the drive
When you are done start installing your other programs and applications
[Defrag again when finished]
When they are installed if you have the "activate XP" notice do the activation,
When you have gotten this far either go to Windows Update and do the updates or go to "My Computer" and right click on it
Left click on "Properties"
When the box opens click on the "Automatic Updates" tab
Put a dot in the circle next to "Automaic [Recommended]
Click OK.
In order for the Automatic Updates to begin right away turn the unit completely off then restart it.
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Posted 23 May 2009 - 08:14 PM

Thank you for the instructions

When you delete the C partition EVERYTHING on C will be GONE, period.

EXACTLY RIGHT ...

That's why I was thinking about using the File and Settings Wizard to save things on another logical disk or partition that wouldn't be lost when formatting C: ... but will that put me in jeopardy of transferring the 'rootkit'?

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 09:46 PM

The only things you can save are personal files/picturers/movies/music.
You can not save any installed programs.
I would not use the file transfer wizard.
I would use the copy/paste method.
Open My Computer
Double click the external drive to open it then minimize it to the taskbar
Open My Documents
right click what you want to transfer & click Copy
Pull the external drive back up & pate it .

I wouldn't want the transfer wizard running to reduce the risks.
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