Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: How do I reformat an SSD drive after trojan attacks

23 Feb 2012   #1

windows 7
How do I reformat an SSD drive after trojan attacks

Ever since I recovered from a virus/trojan attack in December, my PC hasn't been the same. I keep getting a pop-up from malware-bytes and spy-bot about a smitfraud c generic and svchost.exe problems. Needless to say, there is something happening that I can not put my finger on and realize that it is a very difficult and time intensive procedure to try to remove these issues. At one point, I could not connect to the internet and other issues were gradually popping up also.
Anyway, I've decided that the easiest thing to do is to remove all important files and then do a clean install of Win 7. My C: drive happens to be an SSD, so I'm not sure if there is a different procedure involved for this type of drive. Should I run Intel's Secure Erase, or just reinstall Win 7 and delete the partition? Thanks!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1 Version 6.1 Build 7601

A clean reinstall is prefferd solution in all similar cases I had so far.
cos you'll be 100% shore that disk is realy clean.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Feb 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit

My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 Feb 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

If you do a clean install from an installation disc, there is really nothing else you have to do.

In the future, you might want to take frequent images so that you can set the system back in 20 minutes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 How do I reformat an SSD drive after trojan attacks

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Trojan.Agent.Trace - removed. Do I still need to reformat / reinstall?
Hello, the title says it all. Few days ago, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan encountered a Trojan.Agent.Trace. So I booted to safe mode and removed it. Then I scanned again and 0 threats were detected, so I suppose the trojan has been removed. I also checked the system with Malwarebytes...
System Security
Reformat Windows Drive Without Affecting Second Storage Drive
I have 2 hard drives in my computer - an SSD for my windows boot drive and a WD 1TB as my storage drive (music/movies...) and I am planning on doing a clean reinstall of Windows 7 (on the SSD). Will this have any affect on my second storage drive? Basically what I am asking is that once I have...
Installation & Setup
How to change default boot drive and reformat old drive.
How to change default boot drive and reformat the old one. I installed a new 2TB drive and installed window 7. But for some reason win7 needs my old drive to boot. I have tried to unplug the old drive and boot with the win7dvd, but I get disk failure message please reboot over and over. ...
Installation & Setup
help: cannot reformat c drive
So, I've got Windows 7 RC1 installed on my D drive, and now my C drive which has XP installed on it, has a virus. I need to reformat it, but when I try to "Right Click -> Format" windows won't let me / won't do it. Thanks in advance.
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:13.
Twitter Facebook Google+