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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-29-2010, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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yeah, M_D, those step by step solutions are very complicated, even if you know exactly what you are doing. Some of the instructions are ambiguously written, and they assume that you have done things like this in the past.

My friend was at my house just last weekend and got a virus on my other pc from looking at a break.com standard gallery. I was there when AVG popped up the notice. We ran scans and such, were not able to locate a virus, but one is clearly there since my homepage and preferred search engine keep changing.

That pc is about to get the old reformat C:/ when I turn it on again.
Ok I think I have it off my computer (cross's finger)

That is thee most annoying virus ever!!!

but yeah I need to reformat but the only thing is I have no clue where my windows xp disk is, once i find it that will be done right away for even though I might of gottin this one my computer is still running slower then a paralyzed snail



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Did you run malwarebytes and Trojan Remover?


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I followed a website and it had me run TDSSKiller, a file thing they had me download & unzip and then that finds a way to take away how the virus is hiding (I think lol) then they had me run Malwarebytes (which is one of the programs you mentioned, ******* thing found over 200 infected files )
after that seams to be working fine,

im going to run your trojan remover here later tonight, for i cant look at another one of those programs for a bit



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If you do decide to reinstall xp, be sure to reformat c first, otherwise it will just reinstall xp over the old install.
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oh i planned on it :-)

I just thought that if you reformat c:\ that it wipes your drive clean and you have to reinstall windows ect.. so that is why i need to find the disc first



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if your computer came with a real copy of XP then you should be given the option to format while installing Windows...

I would also update your antivirus and run it as well. you might be surprised what it will find after it isn't crippled by the Trojans you had...

And you should always try running them in safe mode. They will be able to remove a lot more stuff than in normal boot up.


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I bought the computer from a friend so not sure if it came with a copy or not honestly,

but yeah im gunna go run the two programs in safe mode tonight



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You don't have to reformat the c drive. You should have an option to install a new instance of windows, which will delete the old windows folder and install a new windows folder. This should allow you to run a new installation of windows without deleting any of your data. That way, you have a new install of windows and you can still access your old data.

This is not the same as a reinstall of windows

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ahhh smart talk

ill look into it though sense my computer is still acting a little weird



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my 2 cents...

-get norton ghost or some other drive imaging app

-buy another drive, 500 GB drives are cheap now... or a 1 TB

-copy all your data files from your existing troublesome drive to this new one... make sure to not copy any apps, you can copy over installers, just not the apps themselves.

-nuke your old drive, do a complete format (not just the quick format)

-install a clean copy of the OS on the reformatted old drive, do the all the fun OS updates

-install norton ghost, do one image then schedule it to back up every 15 days or every month ... let it create these images on folder on the new drive

Now you can fart around with all those nasty installs... just install any apps on the old drive... and only ever save data files to the new one.

If you ever get into trouble, you can back out all the way to a clean install (the first one you did... which has all the updates). It takes about 5 minutes or so to restore an OS image... as opposed to the 45 or so it will take you to clean install.

In general, its good practice to keep your data files away from the drive that is used to paginate memory anyways.

The very very very worse case is that the old drive dies a horrible death... but thats OK anyways, all your data is on the new one.

Should you ever want to archive/backup all your data... you can mirror the new drive to yet another drive or an external drive... and avoid all the issues of OS and applications altogether.
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