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#1 msbox1984

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:03 PM

Hey everyone :-)

So, I have a virus & instead of trying to fix it, I just want to wipe out my computer by formatting it & starting fresh.

Questions:

1. Will formatting automatically remove ALL viruses, trojans....?

Thanks in advance

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:11 PM

Yes, but before you format delete the existing partition(s) and then recreate it or them. That will insure that if you had a boot sector virus it will be taken care of too.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:16 PM

Formatting...is probably the best common effort that can be made...to remove malware.

IMO, in today's world, it's hard to say that anything positively eliminates malware...routers can become infected and they are connection-interface devices, so I would not assume that formatting the hard drive eliminates the nauseous aspects of malware.

Just a user opinion in 2012 :).

Deleting the existing partition...then formatting...certainly eliminates malware from the hard drive, IMO.

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

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

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:27 PM

Ok, thanks everyone :-)

I have that w32 mariofev mem trojan (McAfee detected it, but is unable to remove it) so that's why I wanna start fresh.

Just to clear up what I should do:

1. Use the disk that came with my computer
2. Follow the instructions & FIRST delete the partitions.
3. Then create new ones
4. Then format?

Is this correct?

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:28 PM

Assuming the disc that came with your system is a Windows XP (or any Windows OS cd), yes.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:35 PM

Ok, thanks. It's is the XP disc

Ok, 1 last question:

I read somewhere that the formatting process is about 2 hours? (I'm not sure if that's correct). I have no problem with the length of time, I just want to know if I have to be present the whole time (meaning, do I have to sit at the computer and do constant commands for the whole 2 hours? Or is it automatic (meaning that I can walk away from my computer from time to time while it's formatting)

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:50 PM

1) Length of time depends on the size of the partition or drive being formatted and whether it's a quick format or a full format. Could be anywhere from a few seconds to 30 minutes or longer.
2) Yes, you can walk away once the format begins.




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