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erasing harddrive

by JJslilputer / May 1, 2004 2:25 PM PDT

I have windows XP... I have too many problems as far as spyware and not being able to delete them... I want to completely erase my hard drive... HOW? I just to erase it and start all over again with a fresh start.. Please help

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Re:erasing harddrive
by Stan Chambers / May 1, 2004 4:11 PM PDT
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Read here:

When you format c:, everything on the drive
will be erased. You can use a windows 98se bootdisk from Download, then copy to a floppy disk.
If you run into a problem, post back here for help.

Good Luck

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Re:erasing harddrive. I wouldn't. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 1, 2004 11:28 PM PDT
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Number one reason is that most will not deal with the MS Blaster (and varient) worm that will walk right back onto a fresh XP install even if you have your antivirus running. Typical exchange about such at

Number two reason is that many are not going to like learning that Microsoft doesn't install the latest drivers for motherboard, USB, video and more. As well some USB items will cause headaches if you don't unplug them while installing the OS.


For me, dealing with some spyware is the easy fix. My automatic tools are Adaware, Spybot, Cwshredder and for completeness Housecall. If the bug won't go, then a LOG FILE from HIJACKTHIS is produced and if I can't make sense of it, then it's posted for comment.

Don't format!

For Windows NT/2000/XP/2003, you can sidestep issues if you boot the OS CD and use it's tools to partition and let the OS installer format.

Formatting is for (in the Windows OS's) Windows prior to Windows ME. i.e. 1, 2, 3, 95 and 98.


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Re:Re:erasing harddrive. I wouldn't. Here's why.
by JJslilputer / May 2, 2004 6:38 AM PDT

thank you for your response... I am, unfortunately, not a computer guru... so understanding everything you said was impossible... I do have adaware... but that is not getting rid of the problem.. everytime i go into my internet explorer... my homepage is something that i have not requested... i change it in my internet tools but it ALWAYS comes back... HEEELPPPPP!!!

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Adaware was just one tool.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 2, 2004 7:17 AM PDT

I mentioned Spybot, Cwshredder and Housecall. All free tools you find with

If you didn't understand my post, I can bet you can't install this OS. Don't take that wrong, it's just it's not nice to hear a person write about formatting and you just know they may end up paying (money) for an OS install.


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Re:Re:Re:erasing harddrive. I wouldn't. Here's why.
by radean / May 2, 2004 7:28 AM PDT

Would bet that running Spybot, then Hijackthis, will clean up your problems.
I just went through this same type problem with my daughters computer, and those 2 cleared it up.
However!....May want to reset your homepage in the browser before you go back online. Maybe set it to blank, for the time being.
I forgot to do this the first time, and was immediatly reinfested.
Good luck.

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Re:erasing harddrive
by tf / May 2, 2004 7:46 AM PDT
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XP has a system restore function which will let you reset the computer to an earlier time or set the hard drive to a 'first out of the box' condition.
You might want to try a program like Ad-aware first. It is a free download here at c/net, which will find and take out spy programs.

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