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Polack

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I have a HP pavilion computer(bought at Walmart really cheap). I use it mostly for the kids games and whatnot. About six months ago I installed limewire on it to download some free music(Iknow this is dumb). My Norton let a worm on the computer and it changed some of my values. Since then I got rid of Norton and got AVG. I went through and got rid of the worm and everything seems to be working fine. I'm just a nervous nelly and was wondering if there is a way to completely gut my windows and computer and start over form scratch. I got the XP disks from HP and am curious if this will make the computer new again.
 

umo

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Use Delpart to erase all data on the hard drive. Use your XP disks for a clean install.

Bookmark this website: Bookdisk
 

Bobobie

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Yeah, it's the only way to be sure. Who knows if you really got rid of it. Worms like to install root kits and hide on your computer. Everything may seem back to normal, but it could be hiding and collecting personal data or turning your computer into a zombie. Format and start from scratch.
 

Your_Moms_Box

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You could also see if it has a recovery partition and reboot it that way.


If it's just XP disks, it may not have all the programs and stuff

Usually you get either recovery disks, or it's in your start menu.


When I boot my PC up, it gives me like 3 seconds to access the recovery partition if I want
 

thelord68

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On the HPs, it is usually a press of the 'F10' key during boot (but before the Windows logo appears) that accesses the recovery utility. Sometimes there is a message that tells you this, usually not.

You can check to see if the recovery partition is there by going to Disk Management:

Right-click on 'My Computer'

Click on 'Manage'

Under 'Storage' click on 'Disk Management'

If you see a partition on Disk 0 that doesn't have a drive letter and is a small portion of the total drive, then you should be good to go.

This will save you a lot of time by putting the computer back to its out-of-the-box state quickly.
 

Picklestyle

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If your recovery console gives you two choices of a non destructive or destructive. Choose Destructive so it will format and reinstall.

I suggest getting Webroot Spysweeper with Antivirus for your PCs to replace norton. Spysweeper does an excellent job at catching Rootkits and the general junk that lurks on Limewire.
 

Polack

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On the HPs, it is usually a press of the 'F10' key during boot (but before the Windows logo appears) that accesses the recovery utility. Sometimes there is a message that tells you this, usually not.

You can check to see if the recovery partition is there by going to Disk Management:

Right-click on 'My Computer'

Click on 'Manage'

Under 'Storage' click on 'Disk Management'

If you see a partition on Disk 0 that doesn't have a drive letter and is a small portion of the total drive, then you should be good to go.

This will save you a lot of time by putting the computer back to its out-of-the-box state quickly.
It shows a smaller partition but it's labeled D:. Its called the HP recovery. If I do the recovery is it going to reinstall all the trial shit that I deleted when I bought the computer? Also will it completely erase the data on my hard drive? I want all the shit from my kids games gone so I can go and reinstall them myself. The wife installed alot of them wrong and they are just taking up space.
 

thelord68

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It shows a smaller partition but it's labeled D:. Its called the HP recovery. If I do the recovery is it going to reinstall all the trial shit that I deleted when I bought the computer? Also will it completely erase the data on my hard drive? I want all the shit from my kids games gone so I can go and reinstall them myself. The wife installed alot of them wrong and they are just taking up space.
Yeah, it will be back to how it was when you first set it up. You have a couple of options when you go into the recovery console with regards to keeping or deleting data.
 

Your_Moms_Box

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Yeah, Choose the option to Fubar the PC, then delete the progras you don't want after the recovery.

From there, you just tell your wife that er job is to lay down and spread her legs, not to fuck with your PC
 

Polack

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I finished finally. Thanks to everyone for the input. I had to go thorugh and manually delete all the shit that came back like the free trials and whatnot but it worked out perfectly. Now I'm just going through and doing the fine tuning. I still believe Wackbag is by far the best website out there for knowledge on everything. Thanks again everyone.