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Hi, I have a friend with a little bit of a problem and since I'm the helping type ( :1angel: ) I decided to help her.

To cut a very long story short I'm at a bit of a loss, I'm not a windows regular (even less so to 98) and I need a little bit of help.

SHe lives with her family and I need to know how to :

Boot the computer in Dos mode (without having access to the desktop)
Reformatting the C:\ without the windows disk

The children of her family decided to go on a downloading spree and couldn't resist the adware.

Help please :cry:
 

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If you are going to format this drive What OS (Operating System) are you going to put on it?
If you are planning on installing win 2000 or Xp you can change the boot sequence in your bios to boot from the OS cd. Part of the install is to reformat The HDD.
With out the proper protection anyone can have spyware. It doe's not always ask before installing itself.
Read through the High Jack this forum for more info on protection. :sayyes:
 

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Rather than format and clean install (which entails more than just booting to dos boot floppy and typing format you will have to have a windows cd to reinstall windows, then you will need to know what hardware exists and install the drivers to make windows recognize it so you can use it. Without drivers, you get something very similar to safe mode and most devices will not even show up , let alone function.) I would suggest you try cleaning things up with some free programs such as ad-aware from lava soft, http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Spybot Search and destroy
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/
and A squared
http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/

If you do plan on going ahead wiht a format and clean install, make sure to first identify the hardware, and download necessary drivers and burn them to cdr. Then make sure you have the necessary windows install cd and its product key .
 
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