A friend offered me (free) an approx 4 y/o Dell desktop which has been infected with a virus. He bought a new computer rather than deal with the problem. I have a 250G sata H/D that I'm presently not using. I'd like to use the computer for a home entertainment system. Will replacing the drive on the infected computer solve the problem or can the virus have corrupted the BIOS or other areas that I may not be aware of? Thanx
From what my friend says the computer will now only boot up and stay running for a minute or so. After that it locks up. It continues to get worse. When it first started it would run for fifteen minutes before shutdown. I doubt that it would be possible to download and install the antivirus program or restore the operating system under those circumstances. Of couse, Im here asking for help so evidently I don't know very much. lol Thanx for your reply.
I have two other operating Dell systems with recovery discs. In the event I run into trouble with the drive I plan to install would it be possible to use the recovery disc on the infected Dell computer. I would prefer this because it would be Win XP.