YES, you can definitely remove the virus from your laptop. Formatting or erasing hard disk will remove almost any type of virus infection. But, before formatting the hard drive keep in mind, if backups have been made that contain virus, other media or drives connected to the system must have a virus in it. Your laptop connected to another system on a network with a virus, or the virus is stored on other type of software you are using with your laptop. So you need to be careful as your laptop can become re-infected if not properly protected.