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Windows 7: Keylogger question.


15 Oct 2009   #1
Dazeon

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Keylogger question.

Hey,

Does anyone know if it is possible for a keylogger to survive/persist a complete hard drive wipe using DBAN?

Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing

I ran the program with DoD short wipe and 3 passes from a bootable DVD.

The system only contains one drive.

As many answers as possible would be great.


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16 Oct 2009   #2
ultraplanet

Windows 7
 
 

My vote would be no. Unless it is a hardware device built into the system.
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16 Oct 2009   #3
gamepro127

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dazeon View Post
Hey,

Does anyone know if it is possible for a keylogger to survive/persist a complete hard drive wipe using DBAN?

Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing

I ran the program with DoD short wipe and 3 passes from a bootable DVD.

The system only contains one drive.

As many answers as possible would be great.
No, unless if the Version of Windows your installing is pirated and comes pre-installed with a keylogger!
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16 Oct 2009   #4
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Hi Dazeon, do you suspect there is/was a keylogger on your computer?

You can read about 'keylogers' here:
Viruslist.com - Keyloggers: How they work and how to detect them (Part 1)

Quote:
Keyloggers can be divided into two categories: keylogging devices and keylogging software. Keyloggers which fall into the first category are usually small devices that can be fixed to the keyboard, or placed within a cable or the computer itself. The keylogging software category is made up of dedicated programs designed to track and log keystrokes.
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16 Oct 2009   #5
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

keylogger would not withstand disk wipe with reboot.
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16 Oct 2009   #6
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

^^^ if was a software application.
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17 Oct 2009   #7
Etihtsarom

7 Prof
 
 

Not keyloggers. But I believe some rootkits can survive that.
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17 Oct 2009   #8
gamepro127

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ragzarok View Post
Not keyloggers. But I believe some rootkits can survive that.
Nope, still impossible.

When you re-install Windows, the first thing Windows does is delete EVERYTHING on the selected partition (or hard drive) so that nothing is on it. Now, it installs a fresh copy. Rootkits will be wiped out during the deleting process.
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17 Oct 2009   #9
Etihtsarom

7 Prof
 
 

Bios rootkit is what I think they're called. Though I'm not familiar with the probability or method of being infected.
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17 Oct 2009   #10
gamepro127

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ragzarok View Post
Bios rootkit is what I think they're called. Though I'm not familiar with the probability or method of being infected.
BIOS rootkit's are extremely rare and any legit anti-virus will block them.
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