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Hey guys, got a quick question. My next door neighbor has had some recent computer issues and asked me to help out. Her product key and serial # were changed by a virus somehow.

I downloaded magic jellybean finder to check her product key and I got that straightened out. Now, her serial# has been changed to 1234567890. Do I need to give her a disc to reinstall windows, or is there an easier way to fix the serial # and be sure the virus has been taken care of?

Thanks to all replies and any suggestions
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It is generally a good idea to reinstall Windows after a virus infection because though the virus may be gone, it would have already damaged several key Windows files and altered configurations and the registry which would be hard to recover. That is assuming the virus is actually gone.
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Yea, if the virus did that much damage, a re-install is the best option.
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Tell her to stop looking at those naughty pictures from now on
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Yea I told her a new install was the best idea, so I'll do that this weekend. And to tconroy, I had to joke with her about that and of course she denied it haha.
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