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Windows 7: Delete Recovery Partition? Had bad virus


09 May 2010   #1

Vista and 7
 
 
Delete Recovery Partition? Had bad virus

I just installed Windows 7 on my parents laptop, they got that Fake AntiSpyware virus which Geek Squad at BestBuy...geniuses...not. Cost $130 and they "recommend" a $65 antivirus, which my mother thought would be a great idea while not telling me..

Anyways, I installed Windows 7 and I saw in the boot menu the option for Windows Vista...so I am pretty sure it is still there. I know there were two partitions when I installed. One was recovery at 10 gigs and the other was like 90 gigs or something (which I installed to)...anyways, I'm hoping to completely get rid of this virus, and I'm thinking now that it may not even affect 7?

What do you guys think? Delete recovery partition? I have Windows.old in the C drive which contains all the old program files. So that worries me a bit.

Thanks for any input, I really appreciate it!

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09 May 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by moreyos View Post
I just installed Windows 7 on my parents laptop, they got that Fake AntiSpyware virus which Geek Squad at BestBuy...geniuses...not. Cost $130 and they "recommend" a $65 antivirus, which my mother thought would be a great idea while not telling me..

Anyways, I installed Windows 7 and I saw in the boot menu the option for Windows Vista...so I am pretty sure it is still there. I know there were two partitions when I installed. One was recovery at 10 gigs and the other was like 90 gigs or something (which I installed to)...anyways, I'm hoping to completely get rid of this virus, and I'm thinking now that it may not even affect 7?

What do you guys think? Delete recovery partition? I have Windows.old in the C drive which contains all the old program files. So that worries me a bit.

Thanks for any input, I really appreciate it!

The only way you can be sure is to format and start all over. there are nasty's now that copy themselves to every share, partition, and network connection.

If you want to be sure format and re-install

Ken
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10 May 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Do as Ken said. Also, have your parents change all their passwords from another computer that you know is 'clean'.
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11 May 2010   #4

Vista and 7
 
 

I probably should have reformated...I don't know why I forgot that step.

She's having the problem now that her computer freezes for like a minute at a time. I'll probably reformat and start again. Do you think that will fix it?
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11 May 2010   #5

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

I would deep clean the HDD. This may take a few hours depending on the size of the disk, but everything will be wiped securely.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command[2]=General Tips

As mentioned above, it would be a great idea to change all passwords from a known clean computer. The sooner the better.
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