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#1 iwonder

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:15 AM

I was working with the guys at spyware warrior and they have deemed my HDD clean and clear of infection. They suggested that I wipe my brand new seagate 1TB drive that I just ghosted my old drive to and installed. I don't want to have to start over from scratch. In fact I don't even know where all of the .exe setup files are for most of my favorite programs are, let alone most of my user id's and passwords that are saved for the majority of my favorite sites. Is it possible to reinstall windows and save ALL of my info that I just spoke of from a FULL windows backup .BKF file I created just before my old HDD crashed? I know it was clean and deemed infection free before I created it, that's why I made it then. My problem is i don't have the first clue as to where to begin let alone complete a project like this. Does a FULL Backup save EVERYTHING? is it worth trying to do? In other words will it re install my OS along with ALL my favorite programs, id's, and passwords. Or should I just give up and start over from scratch and loose ALL my favorite info? The problem with that is I don't have a restore disk or a copy of XP to re-install if I had to. PLEASE HELP!!! I'm desperate!!!

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#2 frankp316

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:26 AM

You would have to reinstall all your programs anyway. But the question you have to ask is will the PC operate properly if you don't do a clean install. Frequently malware will damage the OS beyond repair even if it has been cleaned leaving you with no choice but to do a fresh installation. That's why those guys suggested that. You have your files backed up so you are ahead of most users who have this problem. Depending on the PC manufacturer, you might be able to order a restore disc for a minimal cost.




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