a computer maintenance task where the pre-existing operating system or application in question is loaded, anew, to the computer storage medium (HDD/Flash drive) from the installation media (CD/DVD/USB/Net). The software in question will already have been installed (and maybe running) previously, but ...

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Does reinstalling ubuntu eliminates all existing rootkits/ malware/spyware/ virus etc?

If I do a fresh installation of ubuntu from an uninfected cd, will it remove all the existing rootkits/malwares/spywares/viruses etc if any ? Is formatting the hard disk required before reinstalling ...
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Is it safe to reinstall Windows without first decrypting the whole drive?

I am using TrueCrypt's 'Full Disk Encryption' and according to TrueCrypt's FAQ I should 'Permanently Decrypt System Partition/Drive' before reinstalling Windows. This does not make any sense to me. ...
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Trust linux images burned from untrusted systems

For securitys sake I'm assuming my system is successfully compromised after a targeted and/or non-targeted attack. I've downloaded some linux images and burned them to do a re-install. Since I can't ...