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Old 03-29-2005, 03:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A friend of mine has the blaster worm. He dropped off his PC to me and I reformatted the HD and did a clean XP install. However, now when I try to install my virus software it won't let me update it. I'm using Norton, anyone have any ideas? The error from the Symantec help page said it is a rare problem that occurs from a trojan or worm. What the heck can I do?????
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Old 03-29-2005, 03:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you should do a complete wipe of the hd which is much deeper than a xp format it clears the whole hd im not sure where to get it but there are a few programs to do it for you that make a bootable floopy disk and wipe it clean i think it takes a few hours normally though=/ i know u can get the one for maxtors off the maxtor site but someone here should know the name of a general one
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I actually did do a QUICK FORMAT, would doing the full format make a difference?
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yes but what u should do is dl a program that makes a bootdisk that COMPLEATLY wipes the drive to make sure there are no traces of a virus or anything. like i said im not sure what they are called but hopefully someone will post one to help you

the differance is that a quick format just delete everything and a full format or one like im talking wipes the hd a few times and makes sure it is just like you just bought it, sometimes better.
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Thanks Charbo, anyone able to recommend a format program in case the "standard" non-quick wipe doesn't do the trick?
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hey man here is the program you need to wipe the drive

http://downloads.maxtor.com/_files/m...s/powermax.exe
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You could use Killdisk.
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download and use a utility supplied by the HD manufacture and write zero's to the drive .Use the complete fill .
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Killdisk writes zeros to the drive. That will definitely get rid of any viruses. The XP format should do it though.
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Never do a quick format btw

One thing I have learned, is they are nothing but trouble
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