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#1 Mo_

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 05:17 PM

I know my backup/spare pc is full of infections what should I do? I got the computer for free but I know its full of some trojans and some stuff? Where should I post? ANYWAYS I PLAN TO JUST USE RECOVERY DISK AS THERE ARE NO FILES OF IMPORTANCE BUT SOME MP3s, so could I backup the mp3s and then use recovery disk, will that solve the problem? I have been waiting until that other computer is healthy until I mess with this one. Now that the other computer is healthy I have no real desire to clean this one if I can just reformat it

and about the mp3s I realize I can put to my iPod so what is the easiest way to clear this up?

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 05:37 PM

It's your decision...but if someone gave me an infected system...first thing I would do is eliminate everything that came on the hard drive, I would destroy any existing partitions and do a fresh, clean install of XP.

Even if I know the types and extent of infections and system compromises such system might contain...I believe in starting with a "known good", as opposed to tryiing to "clean up" a "known not good."

Others will have differing opinions.

I'd forget about the .mp3s also. Theoretically, they might be safe..but malware is often not what it seems to be and I would see no point in taking the gamble.

You might look at some of the topics Here.

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 06:34 PM

Id recommend a nice clean reinstall of XP.

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 08:15 PM

and I downloaded the mp3s myself from my ipod and other sources. should I just leave them there and get them again or move the mp3s themselves or .zip files they came in

also, all I have is the recovery disk, I don't have a windows xp cd is that enough?

Edited by Mo_, 18 April 2010 - 08:17 PM.


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Posted 21 April 2010 - 10:54 PM

just curious is the windows recovery cd that you burn yourself is enough or do I also need a cd of the os?




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