Original title: I've Had It! Help Regarding Likely Malware
Sorry but this question is a combonation of security, installation, and repair but since the root of the problem is probably malware, I decided this was the forum to post it in.
I was having issues with possible malware and returned my Windows 7 Home Premium laptop to factory settings. Rather than go through my previous thread details, please read this post for the history.
I performed all of the steps given to me to clean any possible malware prior to restoring it and I am still having the exact same issues. Long story/question, short; I believe what I want to do now is reformat my hard drive and install windows 7 ultimate (not upgrade, install the full OS DVD version) for the extra Bitlocker protection, etc. I am aware that there are some forms of malware that can survive this process but am at my witt's end and the cost is less than replacing my laptop. I saw a thread recently by another user who was wiping C drive and reinstalling due to malware, so I can get a hold of the necessary instructions, and have just a couple of questions.
If malware is the cause of my OS troubles, is this my most effective option?
If all goes well, and I manage to screw it up AGAIN, I am assuming the full version is completely reinstallable (OK. Stupid question. Just covering all my bases here.)?
Any help is truly appretiated. I've had it! Thanks.