, spivonious wrote

I've successfully removed some pretty nasty viruses, but if there's no data on there that you care about, just wipe out the partition table and start over. It's much, much faster. Hours versus days.

what I'd like Microsoft (or anyone) to make, is a program that inspects a HDD and ensures the boot path from the boot sector to loading the desktop is free of contamination - which means you can safely boot it up and run a manual scan at your leisure knowing your system isn't compromised in a way that betrays your trust in it.