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Reformat of Toshiba Satellite A55 running XP


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#1 Hockeyweasel

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 05:52 PM

Hello all,
I was advised in the Malware forum to reformat my computer to be on the safe side with removing a backdoor trojan.
I have a Toshiba Satellite A55 Series laptop that came factory installed with Windows XP.
In preparation for the reformat, gathering the CD/DVDs, I don't have an obvious full version of XP on a disc, instead I came across a "Toshiba Recovery and Applications/Drivers DVD Satellite A55 Series (for distribution only with a new Toshiba PC)." In small print, I also see "portions © 1985-2003 Microsoft Corporation All rights reserved."

The instructions read as follows:

"The enclosed DVD will allow you to completely recover or selectively re-install software on your Toshiba computer. It will not function on other computer systems. Full system recovery instructions are provided below. For directions on re-installing individual applications, utilities or drivers insert the DVD into the DVD drive and follow the directions on the screen. A complete installation may take over 1 hour.

"TO FULLY RECOVER YOUR SYSTEM:
"1. Place the DVD into the DVD drive.
"2. Power up the computer while holding down the "C" key (Release the "C" key when the screen reads "Toshiba").
"3. The computer will format the hard drive and install the factory image.
"4. Once the process is complete, remove the recovery DVD and press any key to restart your computer."

Two questions:
1. In your opinion does this appear to be the disc that has the factory-installed XP on it?
2. Will this format be sufficient to remove the trojan?

Thanks for your responses in advance!

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 06:05 PM

Ah I wondered when you would post this,

Ok yes it should be able to do a full format and reinstall. :thumbsup: It should image the drive back to factory setting which will also reformat. :flowers:
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