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Windows Lockdown!: Your XP and Vista Guide Against Hacks, Attacks, and Other Internet Mayhem by Andy Walker

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Chapter 9. Ground Up Security—Wipe Your Hard Drive and Build a Secure Windows PC from the Ground Up

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • What You Need to Reformat Your Hard Drive and Reinstall Windows XP and Vista
  • How to Wipe Your Hard Drive Clean
  • How to Reinstall Windows XP and Windows Vista
  • How to Validate Windows
  • Install Key Fixes from Microsoft
  • Install Service Packs on XP and Vista
  • Install Critical Security Programs to Fortify Windows
  • Surf More Securely with Firefox
  • Fight Phishing, Repel Spam, and More Wicked Security Tricks

Sometimes a computer is just so infested with viruses, spyware, and other bits of computer unhappiness that it’s easier to just wipe your hard drive clean and start from scratch, rather than start a prolonged search-and-destroy mission. ...

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