re-install Win XP - to get clean

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by bill cost, Jun 25, 2004.

  1. bill cost

    bill cost Guest

    will re-istalling Windows XP home edition on my pc get rid
    of a virus/adware/hijack and let me start
    clean! ???????????
     
    bill cost, Jun 25, 2004
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    Br0wnbear Guest

    Yes it will but it is like taking a hammer to kill a fly.
    If you endeavour to do this, then before you install, disconnect from
    any network the machine may be on. Turn on the firewall to the
    connection you are going to use and then re-connect to the web after
    your re-installation.

    To keep pesky critters off, I would go directly to two places first.
    Update your AV product :)
    http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com Download and install all critical
    patches.
    Then,
    Download, install and update Spybot S&D. It has new features that
    don't allow spyware to get on if configured properly.

    p.s. have a good weekend


    hth
    John Brown
    Bears are always happy, we get to hibern8
     
    Br0wnbear, Jun 25, 2004
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  3. Bill;
    Yes but that is probably overkill.
    If you know the virus, search for the fix here:
    http://www.symantec.com/search/

    Clean Installation:
    http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/cleanxp.htm

    To help protect the computer and help prevent this in the future:
    http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/security.htm
     
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Jun 25, 2004
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    Guest Guest

    what if i just use the restore option to an early time
    when i did not have the hijack/adware
     
    Guest, Jun 25, 2004
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  5. That is often a good place to start.

    Be sure to follow my last link in other post to help prevent this in
    the future.
     
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Jun 25, 2004
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  6. On Fri, 25 Jun 2004 07:33:50 -0700, "bill cost"
    No. It will remove whatever patches you had so that you could be
    attacked and infected as soon as you connect, and may also switch off
    the firewall to make that even more likely to happen.

    It will not remove or overwrite files that weren't part of the
    install; includes nearly all malware that exists as stand alone files.

    If you install the OS over itself, it will preserve user settings,
    including all those startup axis and integration points that are
    hooked into by malware to run itself.

    If you nuke and start over from scratch, then you'd definitely start
    off with the firewall disabled, and the system set to cause maximum
    disruption *when* (not "if") the pure network attacks start. Every
    crash will restart the PC; every RPC failure will restart the PC, and
    every bad exit you may have will be "automatically fixed" by ChkDsk.


    You need to maintain the PC's OS installation, not throw it away and
    rebuild it every time it blinks. If you use FATxx as your file
    system, you at least have a broader set of maintenance tools to do
    that with. If you live by NTFS, however, you have to accept that when
    (not "if") you get shot up, your maintenance options suck.

    See http://cquirke.mvps.org/whatmos.htm

    "Why do I keep open buckets of petrol next to all the
    ashtrays in the lounge, when I don't even have a car?"
     
    cquirke (MVP Win9x), Jun 25, 2004
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