back up a virus?

Hi All I have a red circle with a white x in it in my system tray that keeps poping up and telling me "windows has detected spyware infection click here to download the most up to date protection". I know this is a virus of some sort and I was considering reformating my c drive anyway, this will obviuosly delete the virus. my question is if I back up my data now to get the most up to date will this just back up the virus as well? I use zonealarm security suite xp sp2

  gudgulf 20:13 17 Feb 07

Sounds like Spyaxe or other variant of smtfraud.

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Try using the free version of Super Antispyware click here

thanks for the quick reply gudgulf I'll download & try that tonight and post back

Thank you gudgulf. I downloaded super antispyware, it nailed trojan.smitfraud variant straight away then after I scanned the computer got rid of it. thanks again.

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