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Old 12-11-2011, 03:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so my computer is running ridiculously slow lately. I know its because I download stupid things. I would like to ask anyone reading if they know how to do a complete re-do. Like wipe my computer clean without using a XP startup disc or using a floppy. Is there any programs I can run that will wipe my computer? Im running XP. SYSTEM RESTORE IS BLOCKED IN SAFE MODE!
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Old 12-11-2011, 03:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Whoa, formatting your HD is a bit drastic of a way to fix a slow computer...what else have you tried? Defragmenting? Memtest? Scanning for Malware? Or simplest of all, freeing up some space on your disk by deleting unwanted files?
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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SO my computer crashed. Pretty sure i had a virus although this virus disabled everything beside the fake security scan. And no i didnt download this false security thing. I just didnt have avg or any sort of protection installed. IM running in safe mode now. Any help ASAP would be amazing, as I can only watch football on my computer =(.

Also this computer really is just my crash test dummy. I have a laptop for all my things i NEED. This comp has nothing worth saving.
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Go to Spyware-Asylum. Select the OS for the computer in question, select Full Scan. Download the programs in the guide using your laptop and transfer them to the infected computer using a flash drive or cd. Follow the guide carefully and then post the log files here.
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Fake security scan? Is it AVSuite, by any chance?
AVSuite is a ransomware that blocks any executables you try to launch and advises you to buy their software to "uncorrupt" them. It's hard to remove, but it can be done. Here's a detailed tutorial.

If all else fails, yes, you can format your drive. Here's a tutorial on that.

PLEASE NOTE: This will erase everything on your drive. You'll need to reinstall your OS, too, so if you don't have a Windows installation disk, don't do it.
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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if you want a complete wipe, you must need the xp disc.
you may want to look online for a download sources and burn it yourself... just sayin'
or order it from microsoft directly, only like $10-$15 bucks, if you can provide a genuine I believe.

or try out linux, its free.
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AFAIK, MS is no longer giving out XP discs. They are done with XP.

Ubuntu would be a nice transition.
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AFAIK, MS is no longer giving out XP discs. They are done with XP.
oh, I wasn't aware of that. that's too bad.
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