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July 3, 2005 4:52:01 PM

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My computer has been bogged down by spyware and such, and it's going to be
much easier to just format my computer and start from scratch. How do i go
about doing this, it's been a while.

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Anonymous
July 3, 2005 5:29:13 PM

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In news:39547011-ADD8-43AD-B28A-CAB831442641@microsoft.com,
Dominic <Dominic@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> My computer has been bogged down by spyware and such, and it's
> going
> to be much easier to just format my computer and start from
> scratch.
> How do i go about doing this, it's been a while.


I hardly ever think it's much easier, but if this is what you
want to do, just boot from the Windows XP CD (change the BIOS
boot order if necessary to accomplish this) and follow the
prompts for a clean installation (delete the existing partition
by pressing "D" when prompted, then create a new one).

You can find detailed instructions here:
http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

or here http://windowsxp.mvps.org/XPClean.htm

or here http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm


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Anonymous
July 3, 2005 7:00:34 PM

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The Windows XP CD is bootable and contains all the tools necessary
to partition and format your drive. Follow this procedure and allow
Windows XP to partition and format your drive:

NOTE: It would be best to physically disconnect all your peripheral hardware
devices, except the monitor, mouse and keyboard, before installing XP.

NOTE: If you have an internal Zip Drive installed, physically disconnect the
EIDE and power cable to it before proceeding, otherwise your main
hard drive may not be assigned the customary C: drive letter.
After installing Windows XP, you may then reconnect it.

1. Open your BIOS and set your "CD Drive as the first bootable device".

===> Accessing Motherboard BIOS
===> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

2. Insert your Windows XP CD in the CD Drive and reboot your computer.
3. You'll see a message to boot to the CD....follow the instructions.
4. The setup menu will appear and you should elect to delete all the existing
Windows partitions, then create a new partition, then format the primary
partition (preferably NTFS) and proceed to install Windows XP.

5. Clean Install Windows XP
http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

[Courtesy of Michael Stevens, MS-MVP]

6. ==> Immediately after installing Windows XP, turn on XP's Firewall.
==> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/defaul...

7. After Windows XP is installed, visit the Windows Update website
and download the available "Critical Updates".

8. After installing the critical updates, be sure and visit the support website
of the manufacturer of the computer to download and install any
available Windows XP compatible drivers, such as video adapter
and audio drivers.

9. If you happen to run into any installation difficulties, use the following resources:

How to Troubleshoot Windows XP Problems During Installation
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;310064

Troubleshooting Windows XP Setup
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_setup.htm

[Courtesy of MS-MVP Kelly Theriot]

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Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User
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Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/window...

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"Dominic" wrote:

| My computer has been bogged down by spyware and such, and it's going to be
| much easier to just format my computer and start from scratch. How do i go
| about doing this, it's been a while.
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Anonymous
July 3, 2005 7:54:14 PM

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"Dominic" <Dominic@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in:

> My computer has been bogged down by spyware and such, and it's going to be
> much easier to just format my computer and start from scratch. How do i go
> about doing this, it's been a while.

Before you do that try some of the anti spy stuff others have suggested.
Here's one more that has worked well for me for virus detection AND spyware
identification:

http://www.pandasoftware.com/home/default.asp

Scroll down the page a bit and click on Panda Active Scan, follow the
directions.

Good luck, with all the suggestions you've got maybe you'll be able to remove
all the malware.

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David R. Norton MVP
<d_r_norton@yahoo.com>
Anonymous
July 3, 2005 8:44:28 PM

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Dominic

Now is the time to find out how to combat spyware and malware.. formatting
is the easy way out, and will result in you having to do the same again
before too long..

--
Mike Hall
MVP - Windows Shell/User

"If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept
it all to themselves." - Lane Kirkland


"Dominic" <Dominic@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:39547011-ADD8-43AD-B28A-CAB831442641@microsoft.com...
> My computer has been bogged down by spyware and such, and it's going to be
> much easier to just format my computer and start from scratch. How do i go
> about doing this, it's been a while.
Anonymous
July 4, 2005 1:01:29 AM

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Hi

You may like to try a 'Repair' install first:

"How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install"
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

Failing that:

"Clean Install Windows XP "
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

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Will Denny
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
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"Dominic" <Dominic@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:39547011-ADD8-43AD-B28A-CAB831442641@microsoft.com...
> My computer has been bogged down by spyware and such, and it's going to be
> much easier to just format my computer and start from scratch. How do i go
> about doing this, it's been a while.
Anonymous
July 4, 2005 1:09:20 AM

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Oops - misread your Q.

Hi

Have you tried all the following programs to try and rid your system of
spyware:

Ad-Aware - www.lavasoftusa.com
Spybot - http://www.safer-networking.or­g/
CWShredder - http://forum.aumha.org/downloa­ds/cwshredder.zip
Spy Sweeper - www.webroot.com

Try SpyWareBlaster to stop intrusions:

http://www.javacoolsoftware.co­m/spywareblaster.html

Also see the following links:

http://aumha.org/a/parasite.ht­m
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/un­wanted.htm

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Will Denny
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
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"Dominic" <Dominic@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:39547011-ADD8-43AD-B28A-CAB831442641@microsoft.com...
> My computer has been bogged down by spyware and such, and it's going to be
> much easier to just format my computer and start from scratch. How do i go
> about doing this, it's been a while.
Anonymous
July 4, 2005 9:43:13 PM

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=?Utf-8?B?RG9taW5pYw==?= wrote:
>
> My computer has been bogged down by spyware and such, and it's going to be
> much easier to just format my computer and start from scratch. How do i go
> about doing this, it's been a while.

http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean...
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=316941






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