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Windows 7: Malware and Reinstall With An Image

17 Mar 2013   #11
indianacarnie

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
If it was a full image of all of your files, then it would be clean. the full disk image would replace the current disk image. If it is a partial backup, then it is possible that the image replaced the files that were infected with the previous version of the files, but could have not replaced all instances of the virus.

Sorry to hear about the issue. Hope it is all sorted ok.
I tend to agree with Thorsen. If you're really worried though maybe a clean install is in order if for no other reason than your peace of mind.

This can happen to anyone though, so don't beat yourself down over it. I've gotten a couple of e-mails this past week "from" an old girlfriend of mine who's pretty computer savvy that I KNOW aren't from her. Assuming she's infected too, but ...... ...... am not going to let her know from me as I'm sure her other friends will inform her soon enough.


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17 Mar 2013   #12
tom982

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Hi Rich,

Assuming you were clean at the point when the image was made, which is sounds like you were, then it's safe to say that you will be clean now as the image restores all data on a disk. Just keep an eye on external storage media!

Tom
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17 Mar 2013   #13
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

TY very much for your reply, Tom. Rep for your time and effort.
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17 Mar 2013   #14
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
If it was a full image of all of your files, then it would be clean. the full disk image would replace the current disk image. If it is a partial backup, then it is possible that the image replaced the files that were infected with the previous version of the files, but could have not replaced all instances of the virus.

Sorry to hear about the issue. Hope it is all sorted ok.
I tend to agree with Thorsen. If you're really worried though maybe a clean install is in order if for no other reason than your peace of mind.

This can happen to anyone though, so don't beat yourself down over it. I've gotten a couple of e-mails this past week "from" an old girlfriend of mine who's pretty computer savvy that I KNOW aren't from her. Assuming she's infected too, but ...... ...... am not going to let her know from me as I'm sure her other friends will inform her soon enough.
TY for your help. I cannot give you rep as I am slow in passing it around.
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17 Mar 2013   #15
tom982

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
TY very much for your reply, Tom. Rep for your time and effort.
My pleasure Rich. Thanks for the rep!
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17 Mar 2013   #16
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I have read reports of malware surviving a re-image, although I'm not convinced on how credible they are. I have never seen it happen personally, and would consider a re-image clean. Of course all of the usual suspects in regards to on-demand scanners would be great for piece of mind if really needed, but I wouldn't give it a 2nd thought.
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17 Mar 2013   #17
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

When my hompage froze due to the virus. I immediately restored with an image. I was enjoying my computer when the thought came to mind that the virus might still be present. I Googled, and came up with the possiblility that a format was needed to erdicate the virus. I ran several anti virus and Malwarebytes, and they were all negative. In addition, prior to the image, the computer did not work, after the image everything is running just as it should. I think that I just have to assume that everything is good.
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17 Mar 2013   #18
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Yea, I concur. I would too This is just more proof that the best AV you can have, is a recent system image to fall back on.
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18 Mar 2013   #19
rhuds13

W7 Prem 64 on Dell, Home Build W7 Pro 64 1drv, XP Pro 1 drv
 
 

If you want to be really sure next time you run a complete restore just use your Windows disc to format C first then run the Macrium backup. I also have started using the Paragon Backup & Recovery.
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18 Mar 2013   #20
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

TY for your comments. I have found through research that a virus can infect the boot sector (there is a test for that, which I passed) or the BIOS. There is no way to remove the BIOS infection, without an update or a flash. I don't think that I have that problem, however, as it is rare.
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