General discussion

help!!do I need to reinstall windows...

I have Windows XP pack 1.I had many infections,of all kinds.
Spybot detected and deletet mostly tracking coockies,trojans and two or three adwares/spywares.but because of many errors and my lack of knowledge I renstalled spybot a couple of times,so I am not certain
what they were,
ewido cleared troyan dealers.oy, coockies,downloaders.zlob,hoax.win32. renos. cu,
most of my viruses and spyware/adwares were cleaned ,by ad-awere and zone alarm.
Since ad-awere is no longer functional,I tryed to reinstall,but it won't run.
I downloaded hijackthis from the net to a cd,because I didn't trust my computer.Then I wanted to download something else from cd and i slipped to hijackthis and I couldn't stop the download.I can't find it. It is not in hidden or temporery files.It is only shown in prefetch an add/remove files.
I can try and find all reports of malware and other from all of anti virus applications.
My Internet explorer is overerunned with adweres so I heaven't openned it in a long time.
The computer is rebuting byitself a lot.Startup is slow.Files stopped being replaced ,but something is wrong.Everu time ,at startup ,when my desctop appears
I find the error report about somme unspecifyd error by atcmlx.exe.
I didn't try avg or avast,even if I have them on cd,because I don't know how will they react with Zone alarm.
Also I didn't try nod32 , same as these two above.
Zone alarm deleted 35 viruses,but I don't know where to find their names ,or where to find ad-awere logs.I'll try and find them.If anything else is needed of information you say and I'll produce.
And not to forget that I had many error meseges about various things,but mostly my programs like mozzila,totalcommander,are being closed by windows,and I have freezes in a manner that I must reboot or shut the system down....but less then before.
I can't open ad-awere reports because my previous mulfuncioning application was uninstalled,this new doesen't work too.I bought a dvd burner/reader ,and I don't know when I install it what or where to set on my system about it,and I'm afraid of infecting something...

Discussion is locked
Reply to: help!!do I need to reinstall windows...
PLEASE NOTE: Do not post advertisements, offensive materials, profanity, or personal attacks. Please remember to be considerate of other members. If you are new to the CNET Forums, please read our CNET Forums FAQ. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Reporting: help!!do I need to reinstall windows...
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
- Collapse -
(NT) (NT) Can you do any scans in safe mode
- Collapse -
Easiest and Quickest Answer..Yes..

At some point, it becomes quicker and easier to simply reinstall your operating system and programs. It's your choice as to how long and hard you want to look for infected files.. As long as you have a backup copy of all your important documents and there are Recovery CDs that came with the computer, then it shouldnt' be a problem.

Place the REcovery CD in the CD-Rom, restart the computer and reformat and reinstall everything.. It will wipe the hard drive of all infected files (Plus all other files as well) and should restore the computer back to a factory state.

Hope this helps.


CNET Forums