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Will I lose the virus if I reinstall Windows?

Discussion in 'Security' started by giancarlo, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. #1
    Hello,
    SEMrush
    If I have a virus in my PC and I reinstall Windows (my O.S.), will I erase that virus?

    Thanks for sharing.
     
    giancarlo, Jun 30, 2009 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Oranges

    Oranges Active Member

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    #2
    You formatted you HD and then you have reinstalled windows?
    If yes, then yes your virus is gone for sure.
     
    Oranges, Jun 30, 2009 IP
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    #3
    I am not so sure if he/she is using a patched or modified copy of windows :)
     
    tuxicy, Jun 30, 2009 IP
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    giancarlo Active Member

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    #4
    I'm using the original Windows Vista.

    And by resintalling it I meant that I inserted the original CD, then did the reboot and erased all of my files and then reinstalled the O.S. from that CD.

    So you think the virus is gone?

    :)
     
    giancarlo, Jun 30, 2009 IP
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    SSANZ Peon

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    #5
    yes the virus will be gone.

    However...

    Check your flux capacitor for a double-thread-posting bug.

    :p
     
    SSANZ, Jun 30, 2009 IP
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    Colbyt Notable Member

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    #6
    It should be.

    For sure it would be if you had formatted the drive including the boot sector before the re-install.

    Now get some AV protection on that computer for next time. :)
     
    Colbyt, Jun 30, 2009 IP
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    Algert Active Member

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    if you format your hdd it means you delete everything on it so yes, you will kill the virus :D
     
    Algert, Jul 5, 2009 IP
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    giancarlo Active Member

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    Thanks everyone for your kind answers.
     
    giancarlo, Jul 6, 2009 IP
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    giancarlo Active Member

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    The thing is that before re-installing Windows, I save on a CD a few documents (.txt) and my Favourites links; and only after that I re-install Windows.

    And then I copy back those docs and favourites to my PC.

    So do you think the potential virus could be in on of those files that I save on a CD?
     
    giancarlo, Jul 24, 2009 IP
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    It's possibly really, but I highly doubt it and even if you felt like they might contain a virus, you chould just scan them and hopyfully ( keyword hope ) your anti virus will pick up on it.
     
    blake3334, Jul 24, 2009 IP
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    #11
    Once your system is back up and running with a fresh copy of windows head to avast.com and get their home edition if you cant afford the professional one. This way you'll be ready when a virus tries to attack your system again. There is also Spy Bot Search & Destroy and that is another good PC Tool you should have running on your computer.
     
    anthony.ownz, Jul 24, 2009 IP
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    If u format u r WHOLE HDD then it will remove the virus, bcoz virus can be in any other drive part. other than win installation.
     
    googsmaster, Jul 24, 2009 IP
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    thewebhostingdir Well-Known Member

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    #13
    If you format the HDD then virus will be removed but do not copy those .txt files and Favourites links as it may provide way for virus to enter it.
     
    thewebhostingdir, Jul 24, 2009 IP
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    giancarlo Active Member

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    #14
    Thanks for your answers.

    So you think the virus could hide in those .txt docs and Favourites links?
     
    giancarlo, Jul 24, 2009 IP
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    giancarlo Active Member

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    Sorry, you say CAN BE or CAN'T BE in other drive partition?
     
    giancarlo, Jul 26, 2009 IP
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    Formatting will erase all data on the disk. So yes the virus would be gone.

    As for the text files and such holding a virus, yes it is possible depending on what the virus was. Unlikely though, but possible. The only true way to know if that cd is infected is install some anti-virus software and scan the CD prior to copying files over.
     
    Stroh, Jul 26, 2009 IP
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    I said, Virus may reside in other partitions. For ex. if u have C: as u r windows installation drive then virus can reside in other drives like D: or other partitions.
     
    googsmaster, Jul 27, 2009 IP
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    Just ensure that it has not affected the Master Boot Record on your HDD, We have couple for Bootable antivirus software which would detect the virus if it has affected the MBR.
     
    johncenarb, Jul 27, 2009 IP
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    thewebhostingdir Well-Known Member

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    MBR is the first sector of a partitioned data storage device such as hard disk. Normally, Fdisk utility updates the MBR. A command fdisk/mbr re-writes the MBR on the system drive.
     
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    My experience shows that if your virus is not too harmful, you can reinstall your operating system.But if you have scanned your hard disk and still there is virous, this time your are in hot water.
    For this you have to fermate all of your hard disk.Before this copy your needed data in antivirus free drive.
    Now do new operating system and then copy your data.
    But make it sure that your new copied data has been scanned.
     
    usman.gaggo2, Jul 29, 2009 IP