5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 28, 2013 12:51 PM by Kappy
obannon Level 1 (0 points)

I want to wipe mountain lion and all files off my imac and reload. I think i have malacious software issue.I orginally dwonloaded ML from the Apple Store

  • Kappy Level 10 (266,046 points)

    What makes you think that?


    Install or Reinstall Lion/Mountain Lion from Scratch


    Be sure you backup your files to an external drive or second internal drive because the following procedure will remove everything from the hard drive.


    Boot to the Recovery HD:


    Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the COMMAND and R keys until the menu screen appears. Alternatively, restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the OPTION key until the boot manager screen appears. Select the Recovery HD and click on the downward pointing arrow button.


    Erase the hard drive:


      1. Select Disk Utility from the main menu and click on the Continue button.


      2. After DU loads select your startup volume (usually Macintosh HD) from the

          left side list. Click on the Erase tab in the DU main window.


      3. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Optionally, click on

            the Security button and set the Zero Data option to one-pass. Click on

          the Erase button and wait until the process has completed.


      4. Quit DU and return to the main menu.


    Reinstall Lion: Select Reinstall Lion/Mountain Lion and click on the Install button.


    Note: You will need an active Internet connection. I suggest using Ethernet if possible

                because it is three times faster than wireless.

  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 (55,283 points)

    Restart in Recovery Mode and reinstall ML.  Why do you feel you have malicious software on your computer????

  • John Galt Level 8 (45,985 points)

    To erase Mountain Lion requires that you erase the entire volume. To do that boot OS X Recovery and choose Disk Utility from the OS X Utilities screen. Choose the volume containing Mountain Lion from the left column then Erase.

  • obannon Level 1 (0 points)

    some entity has been changing my settings ,using my camera , sent out unexplained emails

  • Kappy Level 10 (266,046 points)

    OK. Not sure what that would be, but follow my procedure to erase and install Mountain Lion from scratch.