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completely wiping the disk on a Mac computer

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Techie Stuff
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Techie Stuff
Does anyone know if there's a way of completely wiping your disc on a Mac and then reinstalling the operating system?

A pesky bit of malware has got into my Mac computer and while I think I've got rid of the main part, the computer generally is still slow to respond, making me think there's something still on the system somewhere.

We've tried re-installing SnowLeopard from the disk, re-booting from the disk, but it still leaves my old desktop and all its stuff on there. (I had expected it to wipe the whole lot and start again)

It's a trusty old iMac, Mac OS 10.6.3

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