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I just wanted to make sure before I went ahead and did this to my friend's computer (which is a complete virus breeding ground, I doubt there's any other way to save it)
If I just go into command prompt and type format C: it should do it all for me, right? I don't need any Windows OS CDs or anything, since its definition is "format the drive for use with Windows"?

Also will this delete his Office applications? Because he paid for them to install it when he got the computer so he doesn't have the CDs.
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format c: will remove everything from that drive...though you can't run that command from within windows...

if you format the drive in any way..with fdisk from a boot disk...with an os cd..with dban...anything....you will lose everything on that drive...if your friend doesn't have all of his program cds...it's in your best interest to try to clean the computer instead of formatting it...otherwise he/she will have to buy the software again to install it


Please go to the malware forum in my signature and follow the instructions at the top....Especially the CLICK HERE .

That will give you several steps that will help you clean up 70 percent of all problems by yourself. If at the end of the process you are still having difficulty--and you may not be-- then post a hijackthis log in THAT forum.

If you are still having problems after getting a clean bill of health from the malware expert, please return to this thread.
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