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formatting computer

Posted by: Nigel P.      15 Mar 2009 @ 11:55
formatting computer

I have the imedia 1308 and it has a virus. How do I format and restore original settings please?
Thanx

Nigel

Reply by: Seth N. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Wembley, HA0      15 Mar 2009 @ 13:02
RE: formatting computer

First step you need to do is,Scan your whole system with antivirus software to set it virus free.

What sort of antivirus software you are using at the moment is it free or licensed version.And what is its status.Is it expired or still valid for further use.

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Reply by: Richard B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Edinburgh, EH1      15 Mar 2009 @ 13:45
RE: formatting computer

Nigel,

There is no need to format and restore simply because you have a virus.

Make sure your antivirus is installed and up to date then scan your computer to get rid of it then...

... download and install superantispyware, update it and run a scan for spyware.

After both of these your computer will be fine.

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Reply by: Robin N. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Watchet, TA23      15 Mar 2009 @ 20:43
RE: formatting computer

Unless you have something so evil (like antivirus 360) that it takes over your screen every few seconds and prevents you doing anything else because of all the clutter. If that is the case then a wipe-out and re-installation is the best bet. To simply wipe your drive just format it from the drive properties dialogue. Then you should really run some deep cleaning tools on it like Killdisk to obliterate any trace of embedded viruses. Then pop in an O/S CD/DVD and install a new system. Do you need any more pointers than that?
If you think that any of those steps are a bit beyond you then you should call in a PCIQ professional.

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      15 Mar 2009 @ 21:00
RE: formatting computer

that should actually have a hard drive hidden image recovery system
from memory you get at through through the F11 key at startup, though it may be F10

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Reply by: Nigel P.      16 Mar 2009 @ 08:59
RE: formatting computer

Thanks for the useful information guys, I will try these tips out and let you know if It solves the problem. Thanks again.

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Reply by: mick devine d.      22 Apr 2009 @ 19:08
RE: formatting computer

using a virus remover such as anti vir r or avg free should remove any threats that you try ant pyware such as malware bytes should not need to reformat unless its really badley playing up ie unstable windows via recovery patition and or cd via xp windows disk etc

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      22 Apr 2009 @ 21:10
RE: formatting computer

was that last post in english? It certainly took me a while to decode
Some factual issues here: Avira Antivir will not get rid of rootkits or a lot of malware. Similarly AVG Free will not remove rootkits and has no working heuristic capability (unless the recent takeover changed things - they just purchased a heruristic specialist)
Modern viruses are ploymorphic, have multile infections and usually come bundled with a host of other malware, which usually means removing themis like peeling an onion: remove one layer of **** and another appears underneath. That usually means no one program is enough ti clean a machine - I usually scan with six or seven or more - and even then it fails on around 15% of jobs
Don't believe anyone who tells you scanning with a single program is guaranteed to remove a virus: it depends on the virus, the programs you use, and how sneaky YOU are at beating the malware. You have to outthink the swine who programmed it - and thats not easy
In most cases, for an untrained or unexperienced person, reloading is the best option

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