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OK third try now. I have malware on my system called IE Antivirus. It has really messed things up. I can't even wipe the hd using the original Windows CD, because when I need to make a choice using the keyboard, the system freezes up. I can load Windows in safe mode, but that's about all. I can't access my dsl network, (Or any other means of getting online). If I wipe the hd using the format C command from a prompt, will I be able to re-load Windows from the original cd?


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As you can only boot into Safe Mode you will not be able to install anymore antivirus or antimalware applications because in SafeMode Windows installer is not running.
\015\012There are a two things you can do:
\015\0121. Remove your harddrive and slave it to another machine that has right upto date antivirus and antimalware scanners (Malwarebytes is one of the best around at the moment)
\015\0122. Download your harddrive manufacturers diagnosic tools and do a zero fill of your harddrive, this will write zero's to the entire drive wiping out everything including the MBR and root of the drive. After a zero fill a harddrive is like the day it left the factory. You will need to boot from your Windows CD and format the harddrive during install.
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\015\012Malwarebytes is an antimalware scanner and it is one of the best out there, you can download it free here:
\015\012www.malwarebytes.org
Even if you have a virus, it cannot start up until windows starts, so you should be able to use the keyboard to access the bios before the POST (power on self test). to set the cdrom to be first boot, so as you can format the drive, if the system just fails to go any further you have a processor fault
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