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#1 dude54

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 02:23 PM

I posted a topic earlier (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic273301.html) and received some good advice however, my situation is apparently worse than I thought. I am able to run antivira and it detects some trojans, same with adaware it detects some problems and requests that I reboot, however my machine will not reboot all the way. I have to manually power down and boot it back up. However when i do this the machine doesnt remember any of the adaware or virus removal that its performed and im back at square one. Will doing a disk wipe clear the malware and viruses? If any one has anymore good adive i would greatly appreciate it.

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 02:55 PM

Sometimes...a wipe/clean install is the only way to ensure that the system integrity is not compromised, IMO.

It also enables the user to immediately implement...all the strategies that should have been previously implemented to safeguard and maintain the system (installation of critical updates, safe computing, backing up, etc.).

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 03:55 PM

Thanks for your reply and advice. What is the best way to go about wiping the disk though?

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 04:22 PM

A clean install is sufficient, IMO.

XP Clean Install, Stevens - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

Differences between a Quick format and a regular format during a clean installation of Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302686

Clean Install Procedure with Illustrative Screen Captures - http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 04:12 PM

I posted a topic earlier (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic273301.html) and received some good advice however, my situation is apparently worse than I thought. I am able to run antivira and it detects some trojans, same with adaware it detects some problems and requests that I reboot, however my machine will not reboot all the way. I have to manually power down and boot it back up. However when i do this the machine doesnt remember any of the adaware or virus removal that its performed and im back at square one. Will doing a disk wipe clear the malware and viruses? If any one has anymore good adive i would greatly appreciate it.



Try downloading Malwarebytes or Super Antispyware (or both). Run full scans and it should quarantine any malware/spyware before a reboot. If it asks if you want to reboot say no and go to the "quarantine" and delete everyting in Quarantine/

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 04:35 PM

Hello I tend to agree with Hamluis when system integrity is impaired..

Please note that if after a scan.. You are requested to Reboot you should that is the application telling you it needs to complte malware removal at the reboot.. You can always go back and empty the quarantine if you want to. A quaratined file is put there as it can NO longer harm the PC. But in case the removed file is needed for the smooth operation of your PC it can be found and alternative action taken.
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