Disconnect your computer from all networks, and back up any data you want to keep, using your external storage device.
Chrome.exe is a virus that installs itself as a process on your computer's hard disk. This means that it can run in the background of your computer and execute programs unprompted. Chrome.exe has the ability to read email and phone contacts; communicate with hidden websites; and create, modify, run and/or remove any files or processes on your computer. This is why it is so important to remove Chrome.exe, to protect your personal data from future attacks or identity theft.
Things You'll Need
- External storage device or hard drive
- Windows install disk
Insert your Windows XP disc while the computer is turned on.
Reboot your computer. When the reboot begins, and prior to the initial Windows screen, push the "F" key that opens your computer's boot menu. This may vary by manufacturer. For example, in most Dell computers, the "F" key to open the boot menu is F12. Check with your manufacturer if you are unsure. Some computers may automatically recognize the disc and open a boot menu.
Choose the selection to boot from the disk drive that contains your Windows boot disc. Your computer will now boot from your Windows installation disc.
Select "Install Windows XP" when it finishes booting. A list of pull-down menus will be next; select "New Windows Installation."
Hit "Enter" when you are asked if you want to set up or repair an installation. A license agreement will come up.
Read the license agreement and press "F8" to continue. When Windows recognizes an existing installation, it will ask if you want to repair it. Press "Escape" to skip the repair, and you will be taken to a screen showing partitions on your hard drive.
Select the first partition (this may be the only partition, depending on how your drive was set up). Press "D" to delete it, and press "L" to confirm. Repeat this process for any remaining partitions until all you are left with is unpartitioned space.
Select the unpartitioned space and press "Enter" to install Windows. When prompted, select NTFS formatting and continue. Windows will now install.
Follow the prompts to set up Windows, and find your Windows product key (which is usually on your computer case, unless you purchased this version of Windows XP separately). Check for updates using whichever method you normally employ. If necessary, reinstall any drivers. Once you have all your drivers installed and everything is working, you are ready to reinstall any software you may need to.
Tips & Warnings
- Make sure you have a decent anti-virus program that you keep updated regularly, to help prevent future infection.
- Never throw away any system disks (or their sleeves) that come with your computer. You never know when you may have to reinstall, and you'll always want the original product keys.
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