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Windows 7: Wanting to recover system to the factory settings, (like new)

10 Sep 2011   #1
M4TE

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Wanting to recover system to the factory settings, (like new)

Recently I was attacked with malware and I had no internet security. It messed up some programs, changed the description of processes etc. I read up on how to get rid of malware and such, and I got Malwarebytes, SpyBot - search&destroy, and finally Avast! computer antivirus. After running scans with malwarebytes and Spybot, removing all the trojans and programs that were affected, I used ccleaner to clean the registry. Although I did all that, it seems like there is still something in my computer because spybot keeps scanning the same files over and over, and both Malwarebytes and Avast! keep saying that a malware threat had been stopped, while showing a URL that I never even connected to. Sometimes it even happends when internet explorer is off.

Anyway, what I really want to do is to restore my PC to the factory settings and start with a fresh NEW system. I'll make sure to get AVAST right away to insure security. As for backing up files, I'm afraid that the virus would somehow be in certain files and infect my computer again. Nothing really important that I'd lose. So I don't really mind so much to do a full factory reset.

I do have a recovery disc set that I had made when first using my laptop. I'm so to say a noob, and I have no idea what it would do.

Oh and by saying all this, would doing this process really remove all viruses and malware?

Thanks, M4TE


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10 Sep 2011   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
System Info - See Your System Specs

Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
VistaForums SysInfo Tool - Vista Forums
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10 Sep 2011   #3
M4TE

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well I made a recovery disk set that consisted of 4 disks. I made them in "Control Panel\System and Security\Backup and Restore" with the option "Create a system repair disc." And sure I'll do that now
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10 Sep 2011   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Good job making disks.

System Image Recovery
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10 Sep 2011   #5
M4TE

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

System Specs are up. Hopefully I filled them in correctly

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What do you recommend me to do?
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10 Sep 2011   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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10 Sep 2011   #7
M4TE

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sorry to be a bother, but even reading the "System Image Recovery" still confuses me. This is because I don't even know what a system image recovery does. Obviously it recovers something, but what? Is it just saying that it will recover my computer when I made the disks? This has never happend to me that I had to actually use these discs. ):
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10 Sep 2011   #8
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You made the disks, now you are Recovering with the disks
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10 Sep 2011   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by M4TE View Post
Which one should I do? I originally wanted to just do "Return computer to factory condition" but Theog just suggested "Use A System Image Created Earlier." I have no idea what to do. So confusing!
If you only made the Windows 7 backup image, use the image to Recover your Pc.

or you can use the HP Recovery Partition
Pressing the f11 key during startup on a computer with an HP factory image will start the system recovery process even if the prompt is not displayed.
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...s&dlc=en&lc=en
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...=en&lc=en#N635
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10 Sep 2011   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Alternatively you could reinstall from the recovery partition. After power-on, keep tapping F11 until you see "Recovery Manager". From there follow the wizard.

Note that you will loose all your data. If you have anything precious on the disk, copy it first with a live Linux CD.
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