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Windows 7: Wiping my computer.. Did I do this right?

22 Jan 2011   #1
catsalive6

windows 7 home premium 7
 
 
Wiping my computer.. Did I do this right?

My computer had a nasty virus, so I got a new windows 7 CD and I looked online for what to do. I went to the BIOS, chose boot from CD & now I'm installing windows 7 again. It gave me 2 options when installing - save files or not. I clicked the not one, and it said it will save these files in a file called "windows old" where I ca view the old files, but not access them.
Is the virus gone? (or will it be? I'm at "expanding Windows files (23%)

Thank youuuu


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22 Jan 2011   #2
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

This tutorial is probably what you wanted to do: Clean Install Windows 7
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22 Jan 2011   #3
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

A clean install shouldn't give you a windows .old file if you reformatted your disk.
Fabe
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22 Jan 2011   #4
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I agree as the windows.old still has the virus within and as you access the files you get the virus back
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22 Jan 2011   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You may like to clean the Hd first,
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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22 Jan 2011   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

If you install the old files you most likely will install the old virus. Have you tried to remove the virus with a anti virus program or the like?
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22 Jan 2011   #7
gregrocker

 

Follow theog's link to wipe the HD of all code correctly.

If you save your files, put them in quarantineon disk or external until they are rightclick scanned wtih AV and Malwarebytes. But any system hosting this is at risk.

Tips for getting a purrfect reinstall: re-install windows 7
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23 Jan 2011   #8
sreedhav

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ie9 View Post
This tutorial is probably what you wanted to do: Clean Install Windows 7
I concur with all the previous posts! The simple point was "the formatting was not properly done". 1) Formatting erases all the data on the HD! 2) But there is a caveat! ROOTKITS!They are persistent pests and "HD erasure" is the surest method of getting rid of them! So, when in doubt, scrub!

Since you were infected with Viruses, it would have been an option to check for their presence! A problem with "ANTI-ROOTKIT SOFTWARE is the incidence of "false positives"! A week back, my desktop had a severe bout of Rootkit infection and a simple formatting was useless! yesterday, i used the free version of "Active Kill Disk" to erase the one TB (partitions) HD! Now i have run GMER, SOPHOS and McAffe anti-rootkit and all three have turned out negative for Rootkits! As they say,"Thank God for small mercies!

Best wishes,
DR.Sreedhav
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24 Jan 2011   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sreedhav View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ie9 View Post
This tutorial is probably what you wanted to do: Clean Install Windows 7
I concur with all the previous posts! The simple point was "the formatting was not properly done". 1) Formatting erases all the data on the HD! 2) But there is a caveat! ROOTKITS!They are persistent pests and "HD erasure" is the surest method of getting rid of them! So, when in doubt, scrub!

Since you were infected with Viruses, it would have been an option to check for their presence! A problem with "ANTI-ROOTKIT SOFTWARE is the incidence of "false positives"! A week back, my desktop had a severe bout of Rootkit infection and a simple formatting was useless! yesterday, i used the free version of "Active Kill Disk" to erase the one TB (partitions) HD! Now i have run GMER, SOPHOS and McAffe anti-rootkit and all three have turned out negative for Rootkits! As they say,"Thank God for small mercies!

Best wishes,
DR.Sreedhav
No need to use "Active Kill Disk", you can use Clean All.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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24 Jan 2011   #10
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I make it a point to start every new installation with blank, unformatted disks. There are plenty of tools to do this, including ones built-in to the Windows 7 installer that can accomplish this. I used to use gdisk on a bootable Flash Drive, but considering how fast the install goes from a Flash Drive, I now just use diskpart from the beginning of the setup routine.
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