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Windows 7: ENTIRE HDD Erased!

15 Dec 2009   #41
karthurk

W7 X64 Ultimate, OSX, Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Teerex View Post
You need to back up your projects as soon as you can, from this running Windows installation - only data files of your projects, no programs or scripts at all.

After that, put your Windows DVD into your DVD ROM, and, FROM THAT disc, delete all partitions on your hard disk, format it (no need for a low level format) and reinstall Windows from scratch.

I hope you're not lying to us and it isn't really your Windows 7 installation that is corrupted.

Do not consider your PC clean just because antivirus scanners didn't find anything. Start anew, from a clean, clean disk.

Now why would I lie if I wanted help? the installation disk is an iso downloaded through MSDNAA academic program and licensed through the same institution.


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15 Dec 2009   #42
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

[QUOTE=karthurk;443045]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Teerex View Post
You need to back up your projects as soon as you can, from this running Windows installation - only data files of your projects, no programs or scripts at all.

After that, put your Windows DVD into your DVD ROM, and, FROM THAT disc, delete all partitions on your hard disk, format it (no need for a low level format) and reinstall Windows from scratch.

I hope you're not lying to us and it isn't really your Windows 7 installation that is corrupted.

Do not consider your PC clean just because antivirus scanners didn't find anything. Start anew, from a clean, clean disk.
Quote:

Now why would I lie if I wanted help? the installation disk is an iso downloaded through MSDNAA academic program and licensed through the same institution.
I have been reading through this thread and it has been a mess...let me jump in a bit...

So I understand...you had malware->your formatted/clean install->malware came back->you are now fighting against the same malware again

I imagine that in the new installation you would have at some point pulled your Data off the external devices...that is where the infection lies. It explains why a new clean install is being infected without you downloading any of the cracks like you used to...
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15 Dec 2009   #43
karthurk

W7 X64 Ultimate, OSX, Linux
 
 

[QUOTE=Zidane24;443061]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karthurk View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Teerex View Post
You need to back up your projects as soon as you can, from this running Windows installation - only data files of your projects, no programs or scripts at all.

After that, put your Windows DVD into your DVD ROM, and, FROM THAT disc, delete all partitions on your hard disk, format it (no need for a low level format) and reinstall Windows from scratch.

I hope you're not lying to us and it isn't really your Windows 7 installation that is corrupted.

Do not consider your PC clean just because antivirus scanners didn't find anything. Start anew, from a clean, clean disk.
Quote:

Now why would I lie if I wanted help? the installation disk is an iso downloaded through MSDNAA academic program and licensed through the same institution.
I have been reading through this thread and it has been a mess...let me jump in a bit...

So I understand...you had malware->your formatted/clean install->malware came back->you are now fighting against the same malware again

I imagine that in the new installation you would have at some point pulled your Data off the external devices...that is where the infection lies. It explains why a new clean install is being infected without you downloading any of the cracks like you used to...



Yes, that is the long story short, but I recovered only PSD and mp3 files, no exe or scripts or anything in the neighborhood.

EDIT: It did return butnot completely, only partially, the first application that would start the unfortunate final destination 4 like chian of events, VIRTUAL GIRL HD, it came out of thin air with my UAC set to paranoid and AV+Firewall+Malware Shield on. It's like I would install it, even when I install files UAC jumps on my throat, accept or not, nothing like that ever happened.
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15 Dec 2009   #44
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Just plugging in that external drive, if infected, could be the transfer method of the files to your hard drive.
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15 Dec 2009   #45
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Just plugging in that external drive, if infected, could be the transfer method of the files to your hard drive.
Exactly what I was thinking...it has to be the cause

Like I said it explains everything
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15 Dec 2009   #46
karthurk

W7 X64 Ultimate, OSX, Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Just plugging in that external drive, if infected, could be the transfer method of the files to your hard drive.
Exactly what I was thinking...it has to be the cause

Like I said it explains everything

That external hard drive is COMPLETELY EMPTY, everything deleted on it(it was plugged in when the malware started to kick my pc in the balls), I didn't dare to format it yet until I recover at least my PSD's. After that, full format on everything, as i did with my other HDD on which W7 is installed...
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15 Dec 2009   #47
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karthurk View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Just plugging in that external drive, if infected, could be the transfer method of the files to your hard drive.
Exactly what I was thinking...it has to be the cause

Like I said it explains everything

That external hard drive is COMPLETELY EMPTY, everything deleted on it(it was plugged in when the malware started to kick my pc in the balls), I didn't dare to format it yet until I recover at least my PSD's. After that, full format on everything, as i did with my other HDD on which W7 is installed...
Well...either the External HD wasn't formatted as you thought (just because it appears empty doesn't mean it is) or you redwonloaded the malware un-expectantly...

Tews was quite right above...if the malware didn't resurface from the external drive or any other device that may have been corrupted...it had to have been re-downloaded (knowlingly or not)

That kind of malware just doesn't show up...the biggest clue is the fact that you are battling the SAME MALWARE as before
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15 Dec 2009   #48
karthurk

W7 X64 Ultimate, OSX, Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karthurk View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Exactly what I was thinking...it has to be the cause

Like I said it explains everything

That external hard drive is COMPLETELY EMPTY, everything deleted on it(it was plugged in when the malware started to kick my pc in the balls), I didn't dare to format it yet until I recover at least my PSD's. After that, full format on everything, as i did with my other HDD on which W7 is installed...
Well...either the External HD wasn't formatted as you thought (just because it appears empty doesn't mean it is) or you redwonloaded the malware un-expectantly...

Tews was quite right above...if the malware didn't resurface from the external drive or any other device that may have been corrupted...it had to have been re-downloaded (knowlingly or not)

That kind of malware just doesn't show up...the biggest clue is the fact that you are battling the SAME MALWARE as before

Yep. I am almost finished backing up my projects, and I will reformat everything and fresh install everything, hopefully everything will be ok.
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15 Dec 2009   #49
stevieray

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Could that malware be hiding in the Windows.old folder?
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15 Dec 2009   #50
gregrocker

 

Formatting is never enough, especially Win7 quick formatting.

You need full zeroing, which is CLEAN ALL in Diskpart, or use DBAN or your HD diagnostics Zero-disk option.
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