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I have a virus lodged in Drive C. I have tried to delete the partition in My Computer Disk Management, the command prompt and with a boot CD where it gives you the option to delete partitions...cannot delete any partitions because they are on the boot volume. No virus software is removing the virus...Time for a new computer???

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NOT time for a new computer, unless the virus is in the memory and the bios and elsewhere such as graphics memory.

Contact Microsoft by phone and let them know that you need to use the C(ertificate) O(f) A(uthenticity) on a brand new hard drive to which you will install windows after the removal of your suspect drive.

If you are comfortable doing this, you already have enough info from me on the process and if you are not comfortable with the process, turn it over to a nerd near you.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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    Maurice B Thomas Apr 25, 2009

    Even if you manage to delete the partition, it is VERY LIKELY that the virus resides on the boot sector of the infected drive.

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You can still get rid of the partition. Download DBAN (Darrik's Boot and Nuke) here: http://www.dban.org/download
Burn this image to a cd or put it on a floppy disk or flash drive. I can almost guarantee that this will delete the partition. If it still won't delete the partition, you can either take the computer to a repair shop and have them delete the partition for you, or you can buy a new hard drive. Both choices will cost about the same so it's really up to you.
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Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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