Completely clearing PC's harddrive?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Whigga Spitta, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Hello all. I am by no means a computer expert, as I always feel inclined to say. Since switching to Mac OS X, my Windows machine in my room has been collecting dust. And apperantly, while it's been off, it's been collecting other things too. Namely something named "actulice" at startup, and many many pop-ups when IE is started, even while using Spybot Search & Destroy. The thing is, my dad tried to use it today, and found the internet to be unresponsive. He's threatening to stop paying for DSL if I can't get this P.O.S. to work.
    I'm going to be gone at college next year, so it's really not that huge of a deal, but my mom and my sister like to use the internet at home, so i would hate to see it go. I don't have alot of free time to try and get this piece of junk to work, so my quick question is....
  2. macrumors 65816

    The only way i see to do that is to reformat. Which is time consuming, especially for Windows 98. If you have XP it's not too bad.
  3. macrumors 6502

    thankfully it is running XP (wow, thats hardly something to be thankful for) so I'll look for some information about how to go about reformatting it. thanks for your quick response!
  4. macrumors 6502


    go there, scan your HD and get your viruses clean.

    Get a virus scanner and adaware, spybot is shabby and useless for viruses.
  5. macrumors 6502


    If you want to get rid of all the pop ups and everything go to Start>Run type in MSCONFIG click Selective Startup and uncheck Load Startup Items then click OK and reboot

    This should prevent most of the current crap from loading, once you are here, download FireFox from to prevent future crap from loading, and cease and desist on all IE action.

    I see this type of thing everyday in Tech Support land, and msconfig will prevent 95% of crap from loading, some spyware uses some dirty registry tricks to load automatically, but FireFox should make you pretty secure.

    If you still have problems just pop in the WinXP CD and erase the current partitions then reformat and install, but this is extreme and you shouldn't really need to reformat.

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