Formatting Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by esburrito, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. esburrito macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2009
    I think I got some sort of hack (yay!) after downloading something. All my keychain stuff was erased, a lot of little programs keep asking for access to the internet (none of which I have seen before) and my clock got reset. And I'm sure other things I'm not sure of.

    Whether this is a real hack or virus or whatever or not, I would feel more comfortable just erasing my hard drive and restoring it all.

    I have a back up hard drive which I use with Time Machine.

    Now, what I want to do is format the hard drive, reinstall OSX (btw, running 10.6.2), then restore everything using Time Machine to a couple of days ago before I downloaded what probably carried it in.

    Is this how I would do this?

    (Help ASAP is much appreciated. Still a bit of a mac n00b, and I have a lot to do on my computer very soon, so I don't have much time to deal with this.)
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    What did you download?

    Yes. The restore disks that came with your computer should walk you through the process, including prompting you to restore from a backup if your Time Machine drive is connected.

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