Necessary. This damned machine was possessed. Two days ago this thing went crazy. Suddenly, random programs were loaded on their own. Multiple loads were made of programs. Within fifteen seconds there would be 75 copies of a program running and the number increasing every second. In a short period the computer ran out of memory and rebooted.
Didn't mess with it for long. Picked up my computer whip and gave it a few whaks (didn't help the computer but made me feel better), found my HD utility disk, wrote "0's" to drive and did a fresh install.
Has anyone run into this before? If so, were you able to fix it without a fresh install?