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#1 Samwise30

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Posted 22 November 2006 - 04:19 AM

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I have been told I have had Trojan.W32.Torpig on my system and that I should reformat.
And, I have two questions for now which I am relaying from dad seeing as he is away for the week. Firstly, does reformating wipe partitions of a HD because we have our primary HD partitioned into several other sections. And will it wipe our other hard drive that is still in the computer from when we upgraded

Secondly, I how do you go about re-formatting as I've never done this before. Thanks,

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Posted 22 November 2006 - 02:39 PM

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Formatting and wiping of a drive are two different things. It is debatable if formatting a drive destroys malware, since it does not destroy the data. On the other hand wiping a drive is a destructive proccess. It overwrittes you data making it use, at least by most users.
If you are truly concerned about the virus I would recommend using Kill Disk to destroy all data on the drive. I use a drive wiping utility everytime I do a clean install of an OS.
Once your drive is wiped you will need to format the drive prior to installing your OS. If you plan on re-installing XP this will be done during the installation proccess.
If you want to do a stand alone format prior to installing XP you can get a boot disk at BootDisk.com. One more thing. Format the drive for NTFS format and not FAT32. It is a much more stable and XP friendly format.
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Posted 22 November 2006 - 09:24 PM

A format may not be necessary. There are good anti-trojan tools out there that can remove these buggers.

As a first step, I'd try the free, online scan here: http://safety.live.com/
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 01:37 AM

Thank you both, I decided to reformat the computer and everything is running far better. Thanks everyone on BC that helped get my comp fix and acklan, if I get any more probs I'll try using KillDisk.

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 06:36 AM

Happy to see you are back up and running. We are here if you need us.

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 08:57 PM

Reformatting a disc is the same question I asked and I was given answers to everything but reformatting. I have a basic computer which is running XP. I managed to reformat the disc by trial and error using the XP disc. However I would ask if somebody could lay out step by step what the method is. I have an XP disc and the hard disc can be reformatted using that disc. Just a simple question.

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 11:20 AM

Insert the XP installation CD, reboot the system and tell it to boot from CD.

During the installation Windows will ask you where you want to install XP. When you make the selection, the next window should give you the option to use different file systems. That's the format screen.
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