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How to format GNOME? Urgent, virus!

asked 2013-02-23 09:56:04 -0500

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Than k s for read this i'm haing probles and glithes in y PC, I think it's for a virus beause I enter in an attack-reported p a g e, I kn ow i t wa s s t u p id b u t n ow the only thing I care is format the computer and give an end to all this. How ca I d o i t ? s o r r y f o r the writing, I an't avoid it, it's the virus. Help please !

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Thanks,Iwilldoit . But, how do I do a "Clean install"?

HH gravatar imageHH ( 2013-02-25 07:22:40 -0500 )edit

it´s better to write such questions as a comment, not as answer ;-) And to do a clean install, follow the instructions in the answer above answer to get an install medium and format your HDD during the install or just follow this Install-Guide

freax gravatar imagefreax ( 2013-02-25 08:29:10 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-02-23 10:07:06 -0500

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updated 2013-02-23 10:10:53 -0500

It's very unlikely that you actually have a virus under Linux, as they are quite rare in the wild. However, to do a reinstall, go to, download the image, burn to a DVD, and reboot. Then, do a "Clean install" rather than an upgrade -- in F18 terminology, I think that means "reclaim all of your disks".

(For safety, best to do that from a different computer, just in case your system really is compromised.)

If you don't have a DVD handy, you can also use USB; there are easy instructions here.

If you're familiar with bittorrent, you may find that the easiest way to get a quick download. (From the official torrent list.)

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It's also very likely that you have a hardware problem -- bad memory and overheating are the top causes of hang problems and glitches.....

mattdm gravatar imagemattdm ( 2013-02-23 10:11:44 -0500 )edit

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