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Can reinstalling windows remove virus

Last response: in Windows Vista
January 26, 2013 2:44:52 AM

Picked up an "FBI" virus on IE with WINDOWS VISTA, tried everything to remove, will reinstalling Vista get my pc working again? And will I lose any programs I had on there, I know I can get files off, but what about programs.
January 27, 2013 9:39:12 AM

re-installing the OS will rid your PC of most viruses, unless it's a deeply embedded boot sector virus.

After re-installing the OS you will have to re-install any programs from the original installation files or CD. You cannot copy those existing programs to copy into your new OS installation.

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