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I got a virus and need to restore windows, but it has deleted all my save points for windows restore... is there a way i can format it without losing the OS?

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Erase my dell computer hard drive


click on the win logo in the bottom lh corner( globe with flags on it)
click on computer in the section that shows up
right click on c drive and there is a section called format
click on that and follow the instructions
remember that all data will be lost and that you will have to reinstall the operating system ( windows what ever)
ON the same page there is a section called --scan for virus
If you have a good security system then give that a click first as it will save a lot of headache later
it will be a full scan so it may take a few hours when it starts as it does every part of the hard drive and everything on it

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Anti-Virus Program detects virus but after re-boot...still there!


Ever wonder why it is that when your Anti-Virus Program detects a virus and apparently seems to contain or delete it, the virus is there all over again after a re-boot and the Anti-Virus Program once again contains it or deletes it? Seems like a never ending battle right?

Well here's the reason and the solution:

1) Reason: Bill Gates

A smart and nice man no doubt about it but he overlooked one thing about Windows: ANY Anti-Virus Program out there, by default, is NOT permitted to even knock on the door of the System Restore File. So what happens when your Anti-Virus Program halts, contains, or removes a virus? The virus is there ALL over again in a vicious cycle it seems. Why? Because the Virus IS allowed to knock on the door. In fact, a virus can even step foot so far inside the system restore department that it actually BACKS ITSELF UP...in the system restore file. THAT's how the never ending battle occurs!

2) Solution: Ahhh...got your attention now don't I? Hmmm well if you really want to know how to put the brakes on this vicious cycle, first I'm going to need you to create a PayPal account and then...only kidding here is the solution:

Answer: Once your Anti-Virus has detected a virus..don't waste ANY more precious time trying one thing or another. You MUST at that point, TURN OFF YOUR SYSTEM RESTORE FOR ALL PARTITIONED DRIVES! Once the system restore is OFF, THEN and ONLY then would it make the most sense to perform a FULL-SYSTEM scan. You see, full system scan to an Anti-Virus Program does NOT include the restore file, while a virus DOES! So, with the restore off...now we're fighting on equal terms and your Anti-Virus will prevail!! Just remember to turn the restore back on once you have confirmed you have a clean system.

Yep! that's the answer that would save you HOW much $ ? (from having to call Geek-Squad or similar outfit)

Here's the procedure for turning off the restore and there is more than one way to get to the ocean so to speak but here is the shortest route I believe:

1) Point mouse at <start>
2) Right-Click mouse on <my computer>
3) Left-Click mouse on < Properties>
4) The very top left tab click mouse on <system restore>
5) Put a check mark in the box that says <turn off system restore>

You're done! Now perform that full system scan now and after the scan is complete, ....point that mouse over that box again but this time...take the check mark OUT of the box and this will allow restore to function once again. Same holds true for desktops as well as laptops running virtually any version of Microsoft Windows.

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Format acer n214


Format? Format is for a hard drive, so what is it that you want to do? Are you trying to Format your hard drive so nothing is on it. Formatting a drive wipes out everything, the drive is completely empty until you put something on it.

Maybe you are talking about doing a System Restore which will set you computer back to a particular date and time before you started having problems. System Restore does not delete your data, documents, music, pictures, videos or programs (unless the program was install after the restore point date and time you selected). To get to System Restore Click Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore and select a restore point (date and time before you started having problems).

Maybe you are talking about System Recovery. System Recovery sets your system back to when you first purchased it from the store. It deletes everything. All your data, documents, music, pictures, videos and any program you installed after you purchased it will be gone. Normally to get to System Recovery you will have to hit one of the F1 thru F12 keys repeatedly when you press the power button. Your manual will tell you the exact key to hit. Sometimes the Recovery will be listed on the program list. Click Start/Programs/ and look for System Recovery, it might be inside of one of the Acer Folders in the program list. Hopefully there is a Recovery Partition on your hard drive called Recovery. Click Start/My Computer and look to see if you see a Recovery drive listed. Sometimes the drive is hidden so you can't see it. If the drive is not present you will need a set of Recovery Disks you created or the manufacturer gave you.

Maybe you are talking about Reinstalling Windows. If you do a Clean or Complete Install it will format the drive and delete everything before installing windows. There are ways to do a Repair Install that will save all your data, documents, music, pictures, videos and programs. You will need an Operating System Disk to perform a windows installation. It has to be the exact operating system as that which is on your Certificate of Authentication (COA) sticker on the computer somewhere. If it says Windows XP Professional you cannot use a Windows XP Home disk to do the install and vice versa.

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You can try to go into safe mode then un check your windows restore. then use a anti-virus that allowes you to do a boot scan, after it has removed the virus, re-enable the windows restore. if that doesnt work, back up the important documents and then delete partitions and then format and re-install windows

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Reinstall windows


Hi,

Yes. Once you reinstall the windows, it would Fix the issue. Make sure, you need to Format the Drive before you Install windows.

Note - This would result in Loss of Data.

Thanks.

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If your hard drive is big enough try using Partition Magic unless you already have another partition. You can send your most important things like music, pictures and docs to the other partition. Then do a reinstall only on the C partition. Doing a system restore is drastic anyway putting your computer back as the day you bought it.
Viruses are great for messing up window system files and settings which without proper virus removal software, re-installation of the most practical partition (C) is the one to target your repairs to. This case most likely being reinstalling windows which by default is only on C. Be careful of your choices when choosing which partition to delete and reinstall. Pick only C. leaving (x) where that means your other partitions, alone.

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You need to find the path to where the virus file is located & delete it you're self. You're antivirus software should show you where it is located. Once you delete the virus file, shut down the PC. Unplug the power cord from the PC. Open you're case & remove you're memory. Wait about 15 seconds & reseat you're memory. (make sure you're memory is seated correctly).
Removing the memory clears the memory from memory virus).
Close you're case & reconnect the power cord. Boot the PC. Once windows has finished loading run windows diskClean, than run windows defrag. (may take some time). After defrag has finished restart you're PC. Run another virus scan. If you're virus software still finds a virus or you're system & its still running slow the virus may have damaged windows files or windows registry. A reinstall of windows may be needed. If you have system restore turned on than the virus is most likely being stored in one or more restore points.
Remove infected files that you cannot clean in the System Restore data archive. To completely and immediately remove any infected file or files in the data store, turn off and then turn on System Restore. To do so, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2. Click Performance and Maintenance, and then double-click System.
3. Click the System Restore tab, and then click to select the Turn off System Restore for all drives check box.
4. Click OK, and then click Yes to initiate the restore point deletion.
To turn on System Restore again after the restore point deletion has completed, repeat these steps, but click to clear the Turn off System Restore for all drives check box.

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