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Old 02-25-2005, 02:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone.
I have a compaq presario laptop 17xl570, pentium III 800 Mhz, 60 G hard drive, and 256 MB RAM, windows ME OS.
I'd like to upgrade to windows XP home edition, and it seems like I have two options: upgrading windows ME to XP home edition, or removing completely windows ME, and installing XP.
I don't know what would be the best thing to do. By the way, I have this trojan horse that I haven't been able to remove with webroot spy sweeper, spyware doctor, and spyware blaster, and spybot search and destroy.
I have McAfee antivirus subscription for one year.
My question is: If I format the hard drive, is there any chance I could get rid of the trojan horse?
On the other hand, if I format the hard drive, do I loose the subscription to McAfee, since I have to erase also all the components of Mcafee files?
I'm thinking in formatting the hard drive in an attempt to erase everything (since I have to uninstall windows Me, anyway), so I can install XP
I'm also upgrading RAM memory to 512 MB, by the way.
I would appreciate all answers.
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Old 02-25-2005, 03:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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ok yes formating will remove the trojan
i wood format not install over ME nice fresh start
and about ur subscription for one year do u hav a CD key?
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Old 02-25-2005, 04:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Actually, I don't remember if I have it or not. I had a problem with the hard disk 2 months ago, so I changed it, and had to install an incomplete version of windows ME sent by Compaq. This version gives me a component of McAfee, but obviosly I had to renew it, 'cause I think the gave me the version that came with windows Me, so I did it by the internet, and they didn't send me any disk, since I chose to update by the net (although it was at the same price, I never thought to ask for the disk 'cause at that very moment I never thought to change to XP ) and obviously I wanted to start using the internet, so I didn't want to wait for the disk.
Thank you for answering so fast.
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Old 02-25-2005, 04:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Format and untill you get ur CD ke.

Use firefox the internet browser its safer than Internet explorer and its free www.getfirefox.com

Also free good Antivurus is AVG free editon
http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/

dont download crap and id say ur safe
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Old 02-25-2005, 05:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
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thanks for the information, I'll install those.
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Old 02-25-2005, 06:50 AM   #6 (permalink)
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no worries hope it helps
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