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Reformatting and Reinstalling the Operating System

Sometimes it is necessary to do a complete reinstall from viruses or as a computer just gets bogged down by software over time. Here are some steps to have a successful experience.

1. Backup anything on the computer that is important to you, if you don't back it up your gonna lose it. Popular ways to do this are: CDs, USB drives, Online. Just backup your data somewhere safe before proceeding no one likes losing all the pictures of their loved ones that were on the computer.

2. Make sure you have an operating system to install back on the system. You need a disc containing an operating system such as windows XP, Vista 7, etc.

3. Make sure you have all the drivers for your system see this tip here about drivers http://www.fixya.com/support/r9197619-all_about_drivers

4. Boot your computer from the CD. The computer will have to be set in the BIOS to boot from CD before the HDD or alternatively you can usually hold f12 as the computer is booting up to display a menu where you can select the CD is the boot device.

5. The Operating system installer will load and dependent one what operating system your installing will look different but the general idea is the same. You want to overwrite the old install with this one completely formatting and erasing all past data.

6. The installation will format your drive and begin the operating system deployment it may ask you about some configuration settings along the way answer them.

7. The computer will boot into your new operating system install you will now want to install all the drivers your downloaded previously so that all your hardware functions correctly.

Congratulations your backup and running as simple as that :P

hope this helps you
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Removing viruses, though technical, is yet a very simple process if all the required steps are properly followed.
The basic steps are:
  • Buy or download a reliable antivirus software
  • Install the antivirus software
  • Update antivirus software with the latest virus definitions
  • Perform a complete system scan
Install an Antivirus Program in the System What is Antivirus program? An antivirus is a program that searches for, identifies and removes potential viruses existing in the computer system.
Antivirus software: Some of the most commonly and reliable antivirus programs available in the market are -
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The antivirus software should be updated regularly to retain its effectiveness.
Before installing the antivirus, close all open applications and terminate any suspicious processes using Task Manager. Sometimes, you may need to boot into safe mode or safe mode with command prompt to delete suspicious programs and references to them in the Windows Registry (run regedit from the command prompt to open the registry editor).
Search engines are excellent tools to find out whether a certain process is harmful or not. You can also get steps on how to remove a specific virus manually.
Removing the virus beforehand might be necessary, as some viruses will not allow an antivirus to operate. However, if you are not successful, you may still continue with the installation.

Scan the System to Identify and Locate the Virus Usually, the antivirus will run automatically when the system reboots after the installation. Therefore, it might identify the virus automatically. Moreover, you may want to run a quick system scan to locate the virus.
Troubleshooting the Virus Infected Areas After the antivirus identifies the infected areas, the next step is to rectify those areas.
Methods of Eliminating Viruses
Generally, the antivirus adopts one of two methods to eliminate the virus:
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  • Quarantine - his is done when the virus cannot be easily identified removed from the file and the removal of virus means the removal of the complete file. In this method, although the virus is not eliminated, it is rendered inactive by moving the file into "quarantine" and renaming it.
Perform a Full System Scan Even after the virus is removed from the system, the next step is to scan the whole system to ensure that no infected files remain.

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To run a virus scan in safe mode, you must have active anti virus software installed on your computer.
To run a virus scan in safe mode, follow these steps:
1.If your computer is on, shut it down
2.Power on your computer
3.Immediately after you power on your computer, repeatedly press the [F8] key (about once per second)
4.In the Windows Advanced Options Menu screen, use the arrows to select Safe Mode and presss [Enter]
5.Select your current operating system and press [Enter]
6.Select the user you would like to login under (if applicable)
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Heeeelp, ok no sales pitch for me, i run a small home business and need to get up and running again...I received a pop-up yesterday saying I needed to fix a virus-threat and malware, I kept saying no and my system stuck then my pages wouldnt load, so I restored my system and everything was fine, but I also loaded a new, updated Norton Security software and the scan resolved some malware that infested the computer, and everything ran smooth all day until now,,I had to restart the computer to try to get unstuck and now it just gives me a blank screen, no Welcome screen ever comes up and it says "Fatal Error", System shutdown, terminated..."


if you can...completely wipe out your hard drive and reinstall windows. if you need the stuff off of your hard drive...take it to a small local computer business and they will do that for you for cheap. sometimes you will save yourself a whole lot of time and heartache if you just completely reinstall windows and wieout your hard drive and write over it again. AVG or Avira is a free virus software program that has never allowed a virus on my computer.

if you ever get a message that ask you to run a virus scan without your initiating it then don't...there are so many of those damn scams. Good Luck.

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