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No and yes.
Windows washer is only meant to clean traces of computer activity, cookies, internet activity, etc.
With the Window Washer System Eraser option, you can safely and effectively erase the contents of your hard drive so that you can donate or sell your computer with the knowledge that your private data is protected.
The key is to reformat the drive and not just do a re-install. If I was to do it, I would use something like DBAN (Deriks boot and nuke) and then re-format. DBAN writes 1's and 0's to the drive to securely wipe it. I do not see any evidence that windows washer does.
If you have a virus, why not visit the malware forum and clean it that way. When you re-load the OS, you will need to reinstall all programs and find all drivers for the board.
I suggest you go to the Malware Removal and Spyware Removal Forum and run all the steps located in the START HERE. These self-help tools will help you clean up 70% of problems on your own. If you are still having problems after doing the steps, then please post the reguested logs in THAT forum. If you are unable to run any of the tools then start a new topic in the malware forum and put this in the subject line...I am unable to run any malware tools
If you are still having problems after being given a clean bill of health from the malware expert, then please return to THIS thread and we will pursue other options to help you solve your current problem(s).
Add a link to this topic so that malware tech can see what steps have been taken here
Edited by rshaffer61, 16 June 2010 - 08:37 AM.
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