Does Reformatting remove spyare/viruses?
Posted 01 September 2004 - 05:22 PM
And to reformat my PC, which uses Windows XP, do I just set the CD-Rom to the primary drive in the BIOS, then install XP like I did as I did the first time a few months ago?
Would doing this erase everything on the harddrive? I am asking this because I reinstalled Windows XP, and it did nothing.
Posted 01 September 2004 - 05:29 PM
There are the odd rare ones that will infect flash bios and or other parts of the hardware and will reinfect upon format. Those are extremly rare, so In most cases yet, it will remove spyware/viruses.
To format read this http://www.bholcomb....ormatwinxp.html
Posted 01 September 2004 - 05:36 PM
Posted 01 September 2004 - 07:10 PM
Posted 02 September 2004 - 12:17 AM
This will rebuild your master boot record and remove any nasties residing there. A normal format will not.
Posted 06 September 2004 - 11:00 PM
You DO realize that reformatting will ERASE everything on the hard drive, don't you? -- Including your Windows XP, which you will have to reinstall from a CD. You do have the installation CD, don't you?
"FORMAT is not a repair tool."