Some articles talk that there is no 100% way to be sure that you'd gotten rid of the hidden rootkits & the only way is to do a complete format of the hard drive & reinstall XP like this article.
ôSome people say, in order to eradicate a rootkit, you should reinstall the whole system," says Mike Stahlberg, research manager at F-Secure, one of the few security vendors to offer a desktop rootkit detection and removal tool."
I'm willing to do this, if there is no way to clean up my system in the end.
I have a HP Pavilion AMD 3000 XP a510n desktop, but when I bought the PC 7 years ago. It came with XP home edition pre-reinstalled & it did not come with the physical disc.
So I never installed XP myself, what version of XP should I buy? I remember hearing that there were half a dozen versions being sold. I don't do any business on my PC & just need the basic version. How much are they going for nowadays & are they hard to find in stores now that Vista has been released?
Also about the processes that I don't quite understand:
1) When it comes to deleting my current C: drive partitions, I also want to delete my D: recovery drive too since it might be infected as well, but it only instructs me to to just reformat my main C: drive. How would I go about reformatting both? Do I reinstall XP twice to do both?
2 It also talks about reinstalling drivers for my system even if I can't go online after the XP install.
I do not have that disk. Can I just copy the drivers files from my folders like in C:\Windows\system32\drivers\......sys for my Net Adapter onto a external HDD & just move it back to that exact folder after the install? OR does that not constitute a install?
locate the 'Drivers and Utilities" CD's that came with your computer hardware. The main drivers include the 'Ethernet Drivers', 'Graphics Drivers', and 'Audio Drivers'. Installation should be as simple as inserting the disk and running the installer
I'd appreciate any help.