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Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by INJEN78, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. INJEN78

    INJEN78 HS LEGEND

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    so i just picked up a new laptop for free from my dads gf...
    its a compaq presario v4000.
    from best buy?

    now the thing is it has 38 virus on it and i cant do anything..im not too good with this type of stuff..
    is there anyway i can pull the virus,can i do some kind of total restore??
     
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    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    You can reset the computer to the factory settings by pressing F10 button on your keyboard as soon as you power on the computer before the start of Operating System. If there is no recovery drive configured on the computer, then you will have to use recovery disk provided with the computer.

    Boot the computer using the recovery disk and follow the instruction to install OS.

    But remember, resetting the computer to factory settings would delete all your personal data from the hard disk. Make sure you backup any information you need to keep.

    That will get you back to the original factory set up, unfortunately it will include all of the bloat that it came preloaded with. But without a clean install, its all you've got.
     
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    I second the motion to do a restore on the thing. Back up any of the skin flicks you have already downloaded and go from their.
     
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    I believe that homosexual activities are more likely to lead to the transmission of social diseases. You did say 38 right?????????
     
  5. INJEN78

    INJEN78 HS LEGEND

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    lmao yes 38 virus,but the thing is this was my dads,gf's,step fathers computer..and yes it has virus from all the porn he has downloaded...
     
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    how old is the computer?
    does it have windows XP or Vista?

    if it's XP you will probably have to order the restore media from HP. XP machines very RARELY have a restore partition (gateway is really the only company ive seen an XP machine with a built in partition on)

    if it's Vista, you will most likely be able to restore by pressing F11 on startup (press it rapidly as soon as you turn on the computer, sometimes you have to really ninja it to get it, depending on how fast the machine POSTs). then follow the instructions. when it asks if you want to do Microsoft System restore, select NO, then when it asks if you want to do a System Recovery (setting back to factory settings), select YES.

    in either case, if the OS has been restored ever previously using retail media, you will have to order the discs. or if the HDD and/or MB were ever replaced you may have issues with a motherboard tattoo, or hard drive DMI.

    i would also probably recommend running some hardware diags on the computer to check for hardware issues before you up and restore it. if you restore on bad hardware, its just going to give you more problems in the future.
     
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    serrilion In my own little world! VIP

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    Damn..... Btw I say screw restoring windows... screw screw screw THAT! Linux.... Ubuntu :) yep that is were it is at my freind :)
     
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    troy take a ride up. we'll pimp that shit out.
     
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    INJEN78 HS LEGEND

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    lol wish i could..you were the 1st person i wanted to get ahold of for this deal..
    but it runs windows xp...it was bought brand new in 07...
    they didnt use it for anything except browsing the web,loading pix onto it and saving text document..
    they werent too computer knowledgeable...
    i just want to get it back working so i can use it and have wireless...i hate being corded to my room lol
     
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    serrilion In my own little world! VIP

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    then get a copy of linux and install it... will do everything u need, and it can support some games... hehe
     
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    i hate games lol...i just need this computer cleaned out
     
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    Malware Bytes

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    I agree with the linux distro at least for temporarily.
     
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    i cant download anything because its so fucked it wont even catch internet...
    so i talked to my cousin..he said get the windows xp disk,put it in turn the cp off then back on,hit f10 and reboot from disk?
     
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    I think you can recover it that way. Can you read from any disc? If so, you would be able to download it from another computer to a usb or cd and drag it to your desktop. Wiping it out with a new install of xp would probably be the best way to go.
     
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    INJEN78 HS LEGEND

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    i cant do anything with this laptop except turn it on and off..so i think im going to reboot from the windows disk..
     
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    Just copy off all their personal documents, save for porn. Make sure you wipe the install, and don't do a repair.

    Install XP, then install some antivirus, and set it up to update every single day. Install some antispyware app, and have it update and run every day. Install FireFox, and set it as the default browser, then delete the Internet Explorer icons from the start menu and quicklaunch bar.

    Update the antivirus, then scan all their documents. Copy the uninfected ones back. Enjoy.
     
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    i dont want all their shit on it..i want it to be like a brand new computer..bare minimum so it performs its best..
     
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    So just do the first step that awptickes suggest. Wipe everything and do install. If you can do the F10 system recovery, than do that.
     
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    That's what he meant.
     
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