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Best way to reformat PC?


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#1 UrgentProject

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 06:39 PM

Hi, I'm a computer newbie. For the past month, my PC has been infected with a virus, cleaned with anti-malware programs, and re-infected again repeatedly. After browsing around for solutions, it seems like I have some "backdoor trojan". So, I've decided I want to reformat and wipe everything clean, making my PC 100% virus free. However, I have a lot of concerns about it. I'm worried that the virus will survive any reformatting as I've heard there are some boot sector viruses. I also don't know the "correct" method of thorough reformatting. I've heard about using disk cleaning utilities, zero filling, boot and nuking, low-level formatting, and manufacturer formatting and I'm not sure the way to go. Also, I lost my OS disk. Can anyone please help me? Thanks so much.

My computer specs are:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 2

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:53 PM

Whats the make/model fo the system?

I have never had to do more than to delete and recreate the partition when reinstalling XP on a heavily infected computer.
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