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Can a virus, trojan or rootkit survive a "Quick Format" ?


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Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but I want to be certain of the answer.
If I reinstall Windows XP or ME AFTER a "Quick NTFS Format", is there ANY possiblilty that any virus, trojan or rootkit can survive?
Thx in advance..
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The default NTFS format, not quick is the better option anyway
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most will not, but a boot sector virus can--in fact, a boot sector virus will survive any format.

Complete removal of the partition is needed to destroy these--well, actually, an antivirus program can destroy these, too

But, boot sector viruses are very rare. Haven't seen one in five years...
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Thx to you both....
Cheers !
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