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Windows 7: Formatted to clean drive + security questions

07 May 2010   #1
pokerplayer77

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Formatted to clean drive + security questions

Hi Everyone just have a quick couple of questions.

I had Windows 7 installed over my old Vista OS as an upgrade. I had some issues with my browser as well as trojan/keylog warnings. I was told that the only way to be sure the computer was virus free would be to reinstall windows7.

I put the Windows 7 upgrade disk in and booted it. Clicked on format partition (which only took about 5 seconds) ... then decided to delete the partition. Clicked on new partition and 2 were created. Partion 0 which has 100mb and 100mb free, and Partition 1 which had 400gb and 399.98gb free. Then I proceeded to install windows 7 onto partition 1.

Is this sufficient in fully cleaning the computer?

Finally, in terms of firewalls/antivirus, is windows 7 firewall and Microsoft Security Essentials sufficient or is there anything else recommended that would be better?

Thanks!


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07 May 2010   #2
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Sounds like you did a good job reinstalling. You should be good.
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07 May 2010   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pokerplayer77 View Post
Hi Everyone just have a quick couple of questions.

I had Windows 7 installed over my old Vista OS as an upgrade. I had some issues with my browser as well as trojan/keylog warnings. I was told that the only way to be sure the computer was virus free would be to reinstall windows7.

I put the Windows 7 upgrade disk in and booted it. Clicked on format partition (which only took about 5 seconds) ... then decided to delete the partition. Clicked on new partition and 2 were created. Partion 0 which has 100mb and 100mb free, and Partition 1 which had 400gb and 399.98gb free. Then I proceeded to install windows 7 onto partition 1.

Is this sufficient in fully cleaning the computer?

Finally, in terms of firewalls/antivirus, is windows 7 firewall and Microsoft Security Essentials sufficient or is there anything else recommended that would be better?

Thanks!
1- I am slightly concerned about how much time the format took
2-MSE is fine in combination with win 7 firewall.

The 100Mb partition is for a bunch of thiings and shouldnt be deleted.

If you already have win 7 installed I would at least run a ful MSE on it

Good luck

Ken
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07 May 2010   #4
johngalt

 

I am not concerned about the time it took - it takes roughly the same amount of time on my machine when I formatted *my* 500 GB HD - it didn't actually perform a destructive format, it just wiped the MFT, as I understand it.

Later, when I deleted the partitions to make new ones, the format was a bit longer for the 60 GB partition and a lot longer for the 405 GB partition.

pokerplayer, you're good to go on both accounts, although I would recommend some additional firepower to have around:

BillP Studios - WinPatrol 2010
Malwarebytes
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08 May 2010   #5
pokerplayer77

windows7
 
 

Thanks for the info guys!
I installed Malwarebytes as well as MSE and have both running simultaneously along with windows firewall.
Would adding Winpatrol 2010 to the mix be fine and have all 3 running with no trouble? Will it cause any issues to performance or any problems?

I have a core2quad system with 4gb of ram
thanks again!
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08 May 2010   #6
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, pokerplayer77.

Consider WinPatrol a system monitor. If something attempts to change your Windows Update or UAC settings, WinPatrol will notify you. You can also easily control startup programs and more with WinPatrol. Additional features are described at WinPatrol Features

Personally, it is my favorite software and the first software I install.
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