drastic solution to undetectable virus

Some functions in Word are extremely slow; printing, page setup in in Excel, loading of files, etc.  I've run a complete virus scan and malicious software scan an nothing was detected.  It has been suggested to me to format my hard drive and start from scratch.  I want to use MS file and settings transfer wizard but am concerned that I'll be transfering any undetected virus or mal ware.  Is this true and is it safer for me to pick and choose the files I want to keep?  

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M. Cooper
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GeneralMandibleConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I'm partial to picking and choosing.  You actually have an idea of what you are copying.  The F&S transfer wizard grabs files from everywhere, and a lot of them are not needed.  Yes, it is possible to move a virus over.

Have you ran the disk cleanup manager, chkdsk, and defrag on the system yet?  If not, it might be worth a try before blowing it away.
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GeneralMandibleCommented:
I forgot...make sure the system is completely updated with up to date AV and anti-spyware before restoring any data.
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coopfabAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions.  

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