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Format all partitons after malware attack?


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oviedo7

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My computer went down - probably with malware or the removal of... - Then I've formatted the partition with the OS, that being the c:drive - anyways the computer has 3 partitions, which I've kept. A small one and 2 larger ones. The large one not containing the OS is still contains music.

My question is, would it be safe to keep the 2 untouched partions as they are, only formatting the c:drive? Or would it be wise, considering it went down because of malware, to format all partitions? I guess malware and such only attacks the OS?
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i would suggest going to the malware removal forum if you have any doubt that it is still on your compute etc..., they will address this problem when they get there.
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The best idea is unquestionably the complete all-partition formatting. To avoid loss of valuable data, I highly recommend you to create System Backup DVDs in every 6 months (or at least in every year), which would contain installer files, documents, and everything you want to save from being erased completely. Once you're 100% sure all your valuable data are safe, THEN you can do a full formatting. This is the safest thing to do in my opinion, and system backup DVDs come VERY handy in case of a system crash also.
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Through Linux Puppy I moved a lot of what I hadn't made backups of already. In the future surely I'd be better at making backups as I go... I just liked the idea of moving some of the stuff to other partitions instead - of course if infections might spread there as well that probably isn't the best of ways.

Do I format the other drives like my OS drive? - through the Windows Cd?

By the way - I've made this same topic in the malware forum after lp098's advice - http://www.geekstogo...ve-t264151.html
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