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Windows 7: Wiping a hard drive and Windows help.


27 Jun 2012   #1

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Wiping a hard drive and Windows help.

I have recently built a computer and installed windows. Its been about a month and i think i have got a virus or some kind. I can't run any anti-virus software and it blocks usage of games among other things. Since the computer is new and i dont have much on it i was considering of just starting fresh. I was wondering if this was a good thing to do, and if i do will i have to buy another windows or can i use the same one.

Thanks,
Tommy

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27 Jun 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Hi,

If Windows came pre-installed on your system, use this to get a fresh installation:

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

If you purchased Windows from a retailer, use this to get a fresh installation:

Clean Install Windows 7

You will not need to purchase anything as long as you have a legitimate licence and key. A format and clean install is always the best way to ensure your system is 100% clean.

Regards,
Golden
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28 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Welcome to SF! TOMMY33

Before simply wiping everything out wouldn't you like to know if it is malware and not some type of hardware or other issue that needs to be looked into? On a totally new build it's always best to take one thing at a time to verify nothing else is the main reason whether hardware or some type of software clash if not simply from a bad install of the OS.

One thread on special removers for some of the latest types of malwares brings up a few specialized removers intended on restoring the normal operation of Windows without wiping a drive. How to Remove Fakerean/FakeHDD Malicious Items
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