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Erasing hard drive

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Its been determined that my computer has a virus. Everything we needed saved has been copied and we would like to erase the hard drive and start over with reinstallation.What do we have to do to erase it and will this eliminate the virus? $300.00 to the Geek squad is not an option.

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    running windows xp and I have a virus. how do I erase hard drive and start over?

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Dear Comfused,

What u have to do is take a bootable windowsXP CD boot u r system with that CD it will automatically boot the system with that CD if the system not booting with that CD then u have to go in BIOS
now go to the boot option then select 1st boot device CD drive. save it and exit from BIOS now it will restart the system no it will boot from CD then follow the instruction shown in the screen and format the C drive then it will install the fresh windows XP. Now u r hard disk get erase and u also get the fresh Operating System I hope this information will going to Help u out.


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