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ok f-this I think I should just reformat


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#1 Justinscars

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 11:11 PM

would it be easyer to just reformat my drive?

here are my posts:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic358156.html/page__view__findpost__p__2001233__fromsearch__1

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic359184.html/page__view__findpost__p__2008047__fromsearch__1

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic358834.html/page__view__findpost__p__2005501__fromsearch__1

any thoughts?

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 11:19 PM

If you cannot continue waiting for the malware team volunteers then it may be your option.
Your decision as to what action to take should be made by reading and asking yourself the questions presented in "When Should I Format, How Should I Reinstall?" In some instances an infection may have caused so much damage to your system that it cannot be completely cleaned or repaired. Wiping your drive, reformatting, and performing a clean install of the OS or doing a factory restore removes everything and is the safest action but I cannot make that decision for you.

Reformatting a hard disk deletes all data. If you decide to reformat, you can back up all your important documents, data files and photos. The safest practice is not to backup any autorun.ini or .exe files because they may be infected. Some types of malware may disguise itself by adding and hiding its extension to the existing extension of files so be sure you take a close look at the full name. After reformatting, as a precaution, make sure you scan these files with your anti-virus prior to copying them back to your hard drive.

2 guidelines/rules when backing up

1) Backup all your important data files, pictures, music, work etc... and save it onto an external hard-drive. These files usually include .doc, .txt, .mp3, .jpg etc...
2) Do not backup any executables files or any window files. These include .exe/.scr/.htm/.html/.xml/.zip/.rar files as they may contain traces of malware. Also, .html or .htm files that are webpages should also be avoided.
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