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Replacing Infected Non-genuine Windows With Xp Sp2

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#1 resurrectme


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Posted 12 August 2006 - 12:25 AM

Thanks so much for your help... I'm becoming much more confident and virus/malware educated...I'm now helping my friends and directing them to BC.

My friends computer has non genuine windows XP. It has been slow to start- up, particularly takes a long time when startup is at BOOT CD: It often freezes, ocasionally runs as normal for days then crashes again.

He has bought XP professional SP2. I read on BC not to install SP2 whilst the computer is infected, so I have attempted to get it running as good as possible before going any further.

This is a list of things i have done:

Ran Virus scan with AVG in safe mode. It found no viruses.
Defraged in safe mode.
Ran scan disk in safe mode. ( it froze after completing 34% of the 5th of 5 stages).
Downloaded Adaware SE Personal ; Spybot search and destroy; and Ewido.
I have ran these Spyware progams and removed what they identified as spyware/malware

I'm not entirely confident that the computer is clean because it often runs well (as it is now) for days only to suddenly crash.

My questions are:

Should I uninstall the non genuine and install the genuine windows now?

Will this fix the startup problems that appears to be with the Boot up sector?

I hope I have been clear enough,

Thanks so much,


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#2 Chicken Man

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 06:35 AM

i doubt you will get support for illegal version of windows though..

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 06:52 AM

I would recommend reformatting the hard drive and then install the legit copy. Who knows what may happen if an illegal copy of Windows, a legal copy of Windows and an undetected virus are intermingled.

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 08:44 AM

When you format the drive as part of your new installation of Windows the previous version will be wiped out.

Choose complete format - not "quick format".

The warning not to install SP2 will not apply in the case of a full installation of Windows XP because there will be nothing left of the original installation of the pirated copy (including malware) left on the hard drive.

Just put the New Windows XP full installation cd (not an upgrade cd) in the cd drive and boot the computer (boot with the cd in the drive)

Make sure you have the 25 digit Windows key number that came with the cd because you will have to enter it to go on with the installation.

New Installation of Windows XP
Install: New Installation

Edited by Enthusiast, 12 August 2006 - 08:46 AM.

#5 resurrectme

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 10:28 PM

Thanks alot.... i really appreciate it.

That seems a simple enough job, once all the files are backed up.

Thanks again,


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Posted 12 August 2006 - 10:40 PM

I suggest you scan the files you want to save and transfer before you save them:

Use as many of the following as you can tolerate:)

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner

Avast Online scan

F Secure online scan

Ewido Online scan

In addition to whichever of the above you run, do the trojan and parasite scans as well.

Trojan scans –
Sygate Trojanscan

Windows Security Trojanscan
See instructions for it here:

Parasite scan from Aumha:
or here:

By the way, when you do format and install XP Pro I suggest you use the NTFS file system instead of FAT32 (It will give you the choice).

NTFS will enable far better security management than will FAT32 with XP Pro.

Edited by Enthusiast, 12 August 2006 - 10:47 PM.

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