Clob

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Ok... My windows install went all bunked out yesterday and I said screw it , time for a format... Little did I know I was in for some hell!!!!!!

So I install windows and everything is fine untill I install my network adapter. As soon as my PC hits the internet, I get a freaking w32.spybot.worm problem that nortons tells me about. Its ben giving my CP hell! I have a hard time do any windows updates, everything runs slow, and my soundcard wont recognise in games and teamspeak!

My question is, how do I format my machine to get rid of this virus, and install updated virus scanner and do windows updates before this worm pounces on me?!?!?

I dont have any other harddrives installed or anything... I did follow trendmicros steps inremoving this virus, but the damage is already done before I can remove it!! What do I do?!?!?!?
 

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Take a deep breath! The fact that you're willing to start over makes this easy. You haven't told us what flavor your XP was. Earlier versions take a lot longer to set up because of all the updating to be done.

I STRONGLY urge you to spring for a hardware cable-router which will make you invisible to the sniffing wackos out there. I'm assuming you have a cable connection for the internet?

Leave your nic in the pc. XP will pick it up nicely; and it's better if you have a connection to the web in place when you install.

I always like to kill the two boot partition sectors on a drive that has been "nailed". This requires debug.exe from W98. Put this on a 98 boot floppy. Seek out a friend to make this happen.

Just go right to the command prompt. At the "A" type the following, paying attention to spaces, and the zeroes are zeroes, NOT THE LETTER O!
You will get a - (minus) sign cursor. Hit Enter at the end of each line.

f 200 L200 0
a 100
mov ax,301
mov bx,200
mov cx,1
mov dx,0080
int 13
int 3
(hit Enter again here)
g=100
q

Pop in your XP cd, remove the floppy, reboot, and you're good to go.
 

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Windows xp home pre SP1
NIC card is onboard Marvell so I have to install a driver...

I do have a router... Netgear 4port router on a DSL line... Just somthing is messed up.. While this install is running somewhat, I think I will find a way to stream sp2 onto my home disk or somthin...
 

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Slipstreaming your Home version to SP2 is a good idea.

Check out www.helpwithwindows.com for a very user friendly article on it. Print it out.

You will need the help of a friends comp to download the network version of SP2, IsoBuster, and to burn a bootable cd with Nero or Roxio. Bring your Home cd along.

If you can, use a TDK or Maxell cd-r. Top quality.

Reread my previous post for the rest of the work to do with your friend.
 

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I got sp2 on a seperate disk and installed it right off of a fresh xp install. So far so good everything is running good. Thanks for your help and advice.
 

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Without the hassle of creating a Slipstream disk, all I did was download an .exe of SP2 onto a USB flashdrive.

Install WinXP, then use the flashdrive to update to SP2. DO NOT connect to the internet before installing SP2.
 

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Your point is very well taken, for those who have additional access.

We have to remember that most folks only have one comp, and their only source for SP2 would come from the web. If they are behind BOTH hardware & software firewalls, they'll be okay.

I've done hundreds of installs this way with no problem. Depending on the customers' choice, I get ZA, Norton, Avast, or Panda in there right after preSP XP. I've convinced 99% to spring for the $30-$40 router, which secures the process nicely.

BTW, the slipstreaming deal is a rewarding exercise. Wasn't too bad of a hassle. I'm glad I have the various discs now. I use them for installs, and implement the clients' keys for activation.