Eliminating viruses

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Hi All
I understand doing a CLEAN INSTALL will eliminate a computers viruses. Will
a REPAIR INSTALL do the same?
Thanks
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    "Franktee" <Franktee@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:013A8244-6241-46C9-A78F-16CC2EFBF1FE@microsoft.com...
    > Hi All
    > I understand doing a CLEAN INSTALL will eliminate a computers viruses.
    > Will
    > a REPAIR INSTALL do the same?
    > Thanks

    A clean install wipes everything from the drive, so presumably you're
    getting all of the bugs (barring pesky boot sector viruses, perhaps).

    A repair install only replaces Windows files and leaves everything else the
    way it was. So the viruses would remain, unless you had some bug that
    infected a Windows file and nothing else. Most viruses and spyware create
    their own files, so a repair install wouldn't touch them.
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    In news:013A8244-6241-46C9-A78F-16CC2EFBF1FE@microsoft.com,
    Franktee <Franktee@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

    > Hi All
    > I understand doing a CLEAN INSTALL will eliminate a computers
    > viruses.


    It will eliminate *most* viruses. Bott sector viruses aren't as
    common as they used to be, but if you get one, a clean
    installation won't get rid of it.

    Besides, with very rare exceptions, the way to get rid of viruses
    is to use anti-virus software. A clean installation is overkill
    and hardly ever necessry.


    > Will a REPAIR INSTALL do the same?


    No. A repair installation only affects system files, not
    everything on your drive.

    --
    Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    Please reply to the newsgroup
    > Thanks
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    From: "Franktee" <Franktee@discussions.microsoft.com>

    | Hi All
    | I understand doing a CLEAN INSTALL will eliminate a computers viruses. Will
    | a REPAIR INSTALL do the same?
    | Thanks

    There are anti virus News Groups specifically for this type of discussion.

    microsoft.public.security.virus
    alt.comp.virus
    alt.comp.anti-virus

    A clean install to remove viruses is like using a sledge hammer to kill a fly. It is
    overkill.
    A repair install will NOT remove viruses and could actually corrupt the computer
    neccesitating a clean install.

    The following Multi AV scanning tool has AV scanners for; Sophos, McAfee and Trend Micro
    and will remove viruses.


    Download MULTI_AV.EXE from the URL --
    http://www.ik-cs.com/programs/virtools/Multi_AV.exe

    It is a self-extracting ZIP file that contains the Kixtart Script Interpreter {
    http://kixtart.org Kixtart is CareWare } three batch files, five Kixtart scripts, one Link
    (.LNK) file, a PDF instruction file and two utilities; UNZIP.EXE and WGET.EXE. It will
    simplify the process of using; Sophos, Trend and McAfee Anti Virus Command Line Scanners to
    remove viruses, Trojans and various other malware.

    C:\AV-CLS\StartMenu.BAT -- { or Double-click on 'Start Menu' in C:\AV-CLS}
    This will bring up the initial menu of choices and should be executed in Normal Mode. This
    way all the components can be downloaded from each AV vendor’s web site.
    The choices are; Sophos, Trend, McAfee, Exit the menu and Reboot the PC.

    You can choose to go to each menu item and just download the needed files or you can
    download the files and perform a scan in Normal Mode. Once you have downloaded the files
    needed for each scanner you want to use, you should reboot the PC into Safe Mode [F8 key
    during boot] and re-run the menu again and choose which scanner you want to run in Safe
    Mode. It is suggested to run the scanners in both Safe Mode and Normal Mode.

    When the menu is displayed hitting 'H' or 'h' will bring up a more comprehensive PDF help
    file.

    To use this utility, perform the following...
    Execute; Multi_AV.exe { Note: You must use the default folder C:\AV-CLS }
    Choose; Unzip
    Choose; Close

    Execute; C:\AV-CLS\StartMenu.BAT
    { or Double-click on 'Start Menu' in C:\AV-CLS }

    NOTE: You may have to disable your software FireWall or allow WGET.EXE to go through your
    FireWall to allow it to download the needed AV vendor related files.

    * * * Please report back your results * * *


    --
    Dave
    http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
    http://www.ik-cs.com/got-a-virus.htm
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Franktee wrote:
    > Hi All
    > I understand doing a CLEAN INSTALL will eliminate a computers viruses.


    True, but so will using an good antivirus application.

    > Will
    > a REPAIR INSTALL do the same?


    No.

    --

    Bruce Chambers

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    both at once. - RAH
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    "Franktee" <Franktee@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:013A8244-6241-46C9-A78F-16CC2EFBF1FE@microsoft.com...
    > Hi All
    > I understand doing a CLEAN INSTALL will eliminate a computers viruses.
    > Will
    > a REPAIR INSTALL do the same?
    > Thanks
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