Format computer to solve virus infection

@wfyin82 (159)
Malaysia
September 10, 2008 1:23am CST
Do you always use format your computer whenever it is infected with virus or spyware? I always find it hard to scan and destroy viruses in my computer. I will first try to scan it with AVG (free edition) and if it could not destroy the virus, i will format my computer. I think this is the easiest way to keep my computer free from virus. Happy mylotting......
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11 responses
@darksorrow (4671)
• Bangladesh
10 Sep 08
Whenever my computer gets infected by a malicious software the first thing i do is format my computer & after installing windows the first thing i do is scan the full HDD. I don't want to take a risk on malicious softwares.
@wfyin82 (159)
• Malaysia
10 Sep 08
Yes, i did the same like yours. Double scanning for better protection to our files.
@deathvans (301)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
hey, I'll tell you what. Use 2 anti-virus instead of one. use MCAFFE and AVG.. it's a good combination.. or you should partition your drive, segregate the documents and use a DEEP FREEZE. It's actually good.. ^_^
@wfyin82 (159)
• Malaysia
10 Sep 08
I see. I try kaspersky and AVG antivirus in one computer. It crash badly. Its good that your MCAFFE and AVG work well.
@leafgxu (473)
• China
10 Sep 08
I don't like to format my computer becasue it can clear all the data in your hard disk. It can destroy all virus but also your documents. Of course, you can remove your documents to other hard disk and backup it but it take a your times and some document your back up including virus. It can infect the new system after you format your hard disk. The best way to remove all the virus is to use a better anti-virus software to scan your hard disk.
@wfyin82 (159)
• Malaysia
10 Sep 08
Yes, I had to do backup whenever i format my computer and the backup files may contain virus. Before transfering the backup files back to hard drive, I do another scanning to make sure the files are free from virus. Alot of work though but its the safest way. Thanks commenting..
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Well formating a pc is not that easy to do. It takes time for hours, depending on the computer's speed. Format only if you feel you have lots of files that you think you don't need anymore. Also format you computer when you cant work on it because its very slow because of virus and the corruptions of files or softwares. The easiest way to keep your computer free from virus is have a good anti-virus. I recommend avast Home Edition. Its Free and better that AVG. Also have an anti-spyware such as spyblaster and spybot search and destroy. They are free application where you can download it on download.com. Just an advice always know what are you doing with your computer. Be careful on the files that you are downloading from the internet. Also you can download yahoo anti-spy it is also good for removing software or application that can be risk your computer from spyware. Remember there are many backdoors for spyware and virus to enter in your computer. Prevention is better than cure. Cheers and Thank you. I hope this will help you. This will save your time from formatting.
@wfyin82 (159)
• Malaysia
10 Sep 08
Thanks for the recommendation. I think I should try avast. Maybe it can save me time and i don't need to format my com each time it infected with virus. Happy mylotting
@xphunt3r (244)
• Nepal
10 Sep 08
At first I scan with antivirus. If it does not work, Rather than wasting my time in other I just prefer to format and install new one. After installation I do nothing, first install updated antivirus and scan whole computer and clean. It really works for me.....
@wfyin82 (159)
• Malaysia
10 Sep 08
yes, I did the same like yours. Format is the safest and easiest way for me to keep my com clean..
@kaka135 (13992)
• Malaysia
10 Nov 08
I usually do the same as you. I will try to scan the virus using Anti-virus program, and hope it will resolve the problem. As for spyware, I'll look for spyware removal. But if all these don't help, then I'll just re-format my harddisk. Yeah, I find it the easiest way too, also re-formatting the harddisk will boost up the performance.
• India
8 Nov 08
I hope the easiest way is formatting only unless we dont have much configuration to be loose. When we are going for the Virus scan after one or two scan also, it is not predictable that the problem is solved. Sometime the system restoration will help
• United States
10 Sep 08
you can solve virus infection without formatting your pc ... like that you can download any good anti-virus lik e AVG,nod32 or any other good ... and do 1 scan ... you virus will be deleted ...
@divinchris (2449)
• India
10 Sep 08
Formatting is the best option to make your computer free from viruses.Thank You. Happy mylotting.
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Nope! I do a boot-time scan with Avast and then run another scan later on with Avast. If the virus still there I will try running a scan from a Norton CD or try running an online scan. Formatting is the last thing I would do.
@vinay049 (1839)
• India
10 Sep 08
first of all i try to clear or you can say heal the virus infected files.If it is only in one file then i will delete that file and if possible move to vault so it won't damage my computer.and at last if anything can't be done to move virus out my computer then i have no option except to format my computer.and i also use avg.