Clean Install/Privacy Violation?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Garrett998, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. Garrett998, Jan 27, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012

    Garrett998 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2011
    Long story short–a mix up with my high school occurred. They thought my personal laptop was a school laptop and set it up as a school laptop–with an administrator and student account, preferences for the school's wireless etc. I am not 100% sure everything that happened to it.

    The tech support restored my computer and account and everything seems fine (but I did have trouble getting onto my home wireless). Point being is that I am paranoid some of the schools tracking software or software in general might be hidden away on my laptop.

    Am I being paranoid? I feel violated and when I use my laptop I feel uneasy. I feel like whether or not there is something on it, I will have to wipe it to feel at ease using it again.

    I have a time machine backup from a couple of weeks ago that will be sufficient and I can e-mail myself the files that aren't on the back up. What is the quickest way to do a complete wipe of the computer and then install my backup. Thanks in advance!
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Just do a clean install of your OS, then restore from your TM backup.

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  3. arjen92 macrumors 65816


    Sep 9, 2008
    Below sea level
    And in case you don't have Lion yet, you just drop in the DVD/CD of your latest installed OS, boot from it and restore from the time machine. It should be straightforward.

    Here's a link to boot from a disc (if you don't want to click it).

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