How to clean NTFS drive

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I want to clean off my ntfs drive which has XP on it ,I have a virus that wont let me open programs , I cant get into system restore , I cant open my XP disk to get to recovery console and my boot floppys wont work . I have backed up all my stuff , I have run Housecall and Norton and Spybot but nothing shows , i think to only way is to format but how can i clean the disk??????? :cry:
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I work in tech support and thats the most common call Im getting lately. You should totally reboot your entire computer with a fresh copy of windows or whatever OS you'd like. I had that program on my windows comp a while back when I left it on for days unsupervised and I just wiped it clean, poped a fresh version of windows onto it, and made sure the proplem wouldnt happen again.
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ah, the marvels of wiping... i love it ;)
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It wont open my XP cd otherwise i would go to recovery console any ideas
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After rebooting enter setup. On most machines it is either the del button or F1 or F2. Your computer should flash a quick option to tell you which one to use. You can hit the pause/break key to pause the boot process for you to have time to read it, then hit enter to continue. In the CMOS setup, change the boot order so CD is the first Boot device, Floppy is second and Harddrive is third. Then you should be able to boot to CD. I'm guessing harddrive is your first boot device.
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^ if that doesnt work some viruses force you to have to flash the bios before wiping the harddrive.
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beings wrote:
^ if that doesnt work some viruses force you to have to flash the bios before wiping the harddrive.


You should qualify that a bit. Flashing the BIOS is risky if you don't know what you are doing. Anyone at the point of doing this should be well prepared. Personally, I've never in almost 10 years of playing with computers have ever found a real need to do it.
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to remove some of the realy realy nasty viruses you need to.
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beings wrote:
to remove some of the realy realy nasty viruses you need to.


To not get some of the "really nasty viruses" you should have better protection or better surfing habits from the getgo
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agreed. ive never had this happen to me but i have heard of cases.

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