Will replacing my hard drive fix the effects of a virus?

by on November 25, 2008

Q: Due to a virus whenever I start my Dell it goes to a blue screen , if I replace the hard drive will it work properly?

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    Some computer viruses can infect your computer’s BIOS, your router, your broadband modem, etc. But most virus can only infect your computer’s hard drive.

    So yes, replacing your computer’s hard drive with a new one SHOULD remove the virus from your computer.

    Of course, be sure to have an antivirus scanner installed before transferring your existing files to your new hard drive.


    I forgot to mention that you do not need replace your computer’s hard drive in order to destroy the virus. Consider using a utility such as GWSCAN to “write zeros” to purify your existing hard drive. GWSCAN can be downloaded from: http://support.gateway.com/support/drivers/search.asp?param=gwscan&st=kw