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A virus or spyware problem in my laptop.

by human being1 / September 26, 2010 5:45 PM PDT


I am having problem with my Dell Laptop which has the following configuration:

OS:WinXP with SP3
Hard Disk:40GB
RAM:512 MB

I am using trendmicro internet security software in my laptop and yesterday when I scanned my Hard Drive,many viruses or spywares were detected. I couldnot perform action on all of them because I am running a trial version of trendmicro.

I wanted to ask you guys that should all the viruses or spywares die after I delete the logical drives in Partition D and E and format them?

I have simply deleted the logical drives in Disk Management under computer management and then formatted them but still I find infected files in these partitions when I scan them?

Why are these unwanted softwares still in those partitions?

My other question is which is the best free data recovery software that I should use?


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Re: viruses
by Kees Bakker / September 26, 2010 5:59 PM PDT

After formatting they are empty. So anything that's on it comes from the c:-drive. Time to clean that!


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by human being1 / September 26, 2010 7:17 PM PDT
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Hi Kees,

Thanks for your reply,even I was wondering that the viruses could be entering from C: drive to other partitions,so can viruses or spywares move from 1 partition to another?

Please can u recommend me any free data recovery software?

Can the data be recovered from a partition which was deleted,then created and formatted? I have simply deleted the logical drive from the partition and formatted it,now can the data be recovered from those partitions?

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Re: data recovery software.
by Kees Bakker / September 27, 2010 7:30 AM PDT
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You might try to google UNFORMAT. One of the programs that says they can is Zero Assumption Recovery (ZAR). But I wonder if you'll be able to find any free ones. Maybe RECUVA.


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by human being1 / October 13, 2010 6:38 PM PDT

Hi Kees,

So whats so special about UNFORMAT program? You mean such programs can make my
partitions unformated?

Is it true that viruses,spywares and malwares can only reside on formatted partition?


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Re: unformat
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 13, 2010 6:47 PM PDT
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No, unformatting means undoing a format, so you have access to the data again that you lost when formatting the partition.

Unformatted partitions can contain no data. That is, no data that's retrievable by normal programs.


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by human being1 / October 13, 2010 6:43 PM PDT


Also please tell me what does it mean when the program says it can "Zero Assumption

Its ok,I'll search for it and find out if the free version is available or not.


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by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 13, 2010 6:48 PM PDT
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Data recovery program (ZAR is one of many) try to recover data that can't be accessed normally, for example in a corrupted partition. Most aren't free. RECUVA is.


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