#1
I managed to download a virus a few days ago and have only just "sorted" my PC, but it's all still sketchy and I want to reinstall XP.

One problem is that I didn't get an XP disk when I bought the laptop, when I first started it I got told to burn some things to disk, but it was just things like PowerDVD (the DVD software that came with it).

And a question on top of this is, is it at all possible I can do this but keep certain files, for example all the files in My Documents or something like that?
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#2
you cant reformat [ reinstall xp ] without an XP disk as far as i know, unless you downloaded a version [you didnt hear it from me] you would have to back up all your files from my documents onto a DVD or a seperate portable harddrive
#4
Sometimes when you boot up, it says "Press F10 To Recover."

If your laptop says that on bootup (It's usually at the bottom of the screen) then press F10 and you can reformat without the disk.
#5
when you first got the laptop, you shouldve been prompted to make a recovery disk. get a new xp from the torrent sites, its legal, you already own the program, its only not legal if you haven't owned it before. use your own xp code, on the sticker on your laptop, just make sure that you are getting the same version of xp that you owned, home, pro, etc...

you can do an overwrite, which will allow you to keep all your installed files and such. but, you may still be keeping the virus as well, this will only help if you are trying to repair any damage caused by the virus.
#6
I get an F2 to enter setup, but that's probably not what I want. Damn.
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#7
just because you format and reinstall XP, does not mean it will effectivly eliminate the malware/virus.

Some viruses leave behind ghost files in your local disk cache.

Invest in NOD32 antivirus and clean it up.

Depending on what virus it infact is, this may or may not work.
Do you know the name of the virus, TS?
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#8
oh johny, what did father tell you about downloading asian dolphin porn?
#9
Quote by Seth Shadows
just because you format and reinstall XP, does not mean it will effectivly eliminate the malware/virus.

Some viruses leave behind ghost files in your local disk cache.

Invest in NOD32 antivirus and clean it up.

Depending on what virus it infact is, this may or may not work.
Do you know the name of the virus, TS?


I could be wrong, but reading around Google suggested to me it might be a form of the vundo virus.

It made explorer.exe restart continually, then after a system restart, explorer restarted once or twice then disappeared completely. It also disabled task manager on my only account with admin privileges, and messed up my system restore, deleting all previous restore points and making one from when it got downloaded.

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oh johny, what did father tell you about downloading asian dolphin porn?



A bit too much really, I think that's why I got so interested.
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#10
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A bit too much really, I think that's why I got so interested.

hahaha. touche TS
#11
Quote by JamieB
I could be wrong, but reading around Google suggested to me it might be a form of the vundo virus.

It made explorer.exe restart continually, then after a system restart, explorer restarted once or twice then disappeared completely. It also disabled task manager on my only account with admin privileges, and messed up my system restore, deleting all previous restore points and making one from when it got downloaded.

Seriously? Where on earth did you get that? How are you posting now?
It'd probably block NOD32 from even installing.
Your best bet is, infact, to reinstall Windows.
If the following doesnt work.
First: Try Start > Run > MSconfig
Under boot.ini check off SAFEBOOT.
Under Services look for anything that personally looks malicious to you and uncheck it.
(most commonly an unknown device)
Click OK. Your next boot might be a safe one. But before you restart:
Start > Run > Regedit.
Clean your registry manually.
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#12
Quote by Seth Shadows
Seriously? Where on earth did you get that? How are you posting now?
It'd probably block NOD32 from even installing.
Your best bet is, infact, to reinstall Windows.
If the following doesnt work.
First: Try Start > Run > MSconfig
Under boot.ini check off SAFEBOOT.
Under Services look for anything that personally looks malicious to you and uncheck it.
(most commonly an unknown device)
Click OK. Your next boot might be a safe one. But before you restart:
Start > Run > Regedit.
Clean your registry manually.


Well, I thought I'd give the admin account a quiz swizz to see if anything had changed, but then when the desktop loaded up for a second before closing again, I quickly opened Firefox, and ran ComboFix, which I'd tried to do on the other account but hadn't worked (I could use task manager to run things on the other account) - I think because it lacked admin privileges. Although it seems to be going alright now, I obviously feel pretty insecure.

EDIT:



Uncheck this, I take it?
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Last edited by JamieB at Mar 30, 2008,
#13
install utorrent
go on www.suprbay.org and read tutorials about port forwarding
dont go on www.thepiratebay.org
dont do a search for windows xp
dont download the torrent file
dont burn the .iso to a cd using an image burner such as infrarecorder

if u go against my word then u can boot from the cd u just made and reformat xp

dont forget to get all drivers and backup stuff though
#14
If possible I'd quite like to keep my non-pirate version of Windows.

Are there any other OS out there that are likely to be compatible with many games? That I can get (preferably legally) for free? I know of Linux but I was always under the impression that you can't install many games to it.
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#15
seriously, you own a copy of xp, you have a sticker on your pc with the code for it, so dl a copy of the same xp, install, use your own code, its all legal, you are just downloading a backup. otherwise, youre going to go spend some money on a new os. enjoy
#16
^He's right, it is legal, as you already own the OS.

And Linux has this program called WINE, which sets up a fake Windows environment so that you can run almost any Windows program (including games).