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Wipe HD, install Windows 7?

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#1 toasterica


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Posted 29 October 2009 - 06:23 PM

Right now my computer is badly infected with a win32 virut.
I have backed up all my files.

Would it be advisable to:

Run computer in safe mode with networking,

Download active@ kill disk and use it to wipe everything,

then install Windows 7 with the CD?

Will that work?

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#2 MadDawg


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Posted 29 October 2009 - 06:40 PM

I'm sure that would work, but it'd be easier to just pop the Windows 7 DVD in and just reformat the drive while you're installing Windows.
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#3 Eric RBA

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Posted 30 October 2009 - 09:41 AM

Yeah, as MadDawg stated the disk format that runs when you install Windows 7 will suffice to wipe out your HD and get you ready for a clean install.
I would never ask a person to do something that I wouldn't do myself.

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Posted 30 October 2009 - 09:55 AM

Have read arguments whether just a normal format to NTFS will wipe out all infections. Most say at the least it should render them broken\inoperable.

My opinion, why take a chance. Use killdisk or dban. Wipe the drive and any\all hidden partitions to zeroes. Then format and install.

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