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Delete everything from an old computer
June 7, 2011
6:07 pm
Jim Bass

Purchased a new laptop and have transfered everything from old computer.

I would like to clear everything from the old laptop – programs, files, virsus, malware, trojan horses, etc.; and be able to use the old laptop as a spare.

The recovery and applications disc states “all the information currently on your hard disk drive will be removed”.  Is this sufficient to remove any virus, etc. or should something else be done to completely clear the hard drive.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.




June 8, 2011
10:08 pm
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Congratulations on your new computer. 

The reformat process of the operating system install should be sufficient to create a clean drive.  The exception would be a boot sector virus infection.  The remedy in that case would be a repartition of the disk. 

I like the free program CCleaner.  It has a file wiper that can be used to wipe an entire drive.

After you reinstall Windows, you want to protect the drive with a good anti-virus program and obtain all the updates before installing programs.  Microsoft Security Essentials is a good product, and free.

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June 10, 2011
8:30 am
Jim Bass

Good Morning Jim,

Thanks for your prompt reply.

On the old laptop – I opened ccleaner and checked wipe free space, next I plan to use the recovery disc and then will install ccleaner and microsoft security essentials.

NEW LAPTOP   I purchased AVG internet security with it – Should anything else be installed for security.


Again thanks for your help


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