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Windows 7: Remove malware by formatting

04 Jun 2013   #1

windows 7 Ultimate X86
Remove malware by formatting


When the C: and D: drives are infected, the formatting of them can kill all the malware existing on those two?

Machine: Windows 7.

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04 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Yes but there are much less stressful way to accomplish a quarantine.

I can post some links when I get home as I am on mobile device right now ;D
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04 Jun 2013   #3

windows 7 Ultimate X86

It was just a question that wanted to know. Thank you. And you are completely sure about it, yes?
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04 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64


Can help you with any malicious infections though if you want to avoid re-installing an OS and drivers....
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04 Jun 2013   #5

windows 7 Ultimate X86

OK & thanks again dear amaze904.
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04 Jun 2013   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

A little more information that will help.
A format does not clean all the information off of the hard drive. It just makes it difficult to get to but it can be got if some wants to.
Please read these it will help.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Darik's Boot and Nuke - Use to Secure Wipe a Hard Drive

Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods
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04 Jun 2013   #7
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

Yes, formatting the drive will remove malware & viruses. However, bear in mind that you should format the ENTIRE hard drive to be sure to remove everything. Rootkits make their own, hidden partition & formatting the entire drive is the best way to ensure that hidden partition is destroyed.

This tool can help you with the process.

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

Layback Bear has posted some good links above to aid you in this process.

Just out of curiosity, what are the infections/malware present on your system? Although starting over is generally the safest option, there are a lot of good anti malawre/virus removal tools that can help clean a system.
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04 Jun 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

X.x I tried to be as much help as I could- these guys will help you a lot then I can with far more knowledge- lol
I tried
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04 Jun 2013   #9

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86

Hi khoshtipi

Just formatting a HDD is not a %100 sure way of cleaning a Drive (infected or not) and if the PC was off the shelf it may well have a hidden partition, I have used DBAN with good results (its not fast but it works) but saying that an infected PC can be cleaned of Virus / Malware without destroying all data, can you post your PCs symptoms ?

Note - DBAN will destroy all data make sure you have your Motherboard Drivers etc.
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04 Jun 2013   #10
x BlueRobot


Just to add to this thread, not all viruses, trojans, rootkits etc. will be removed with formating the hard-drive, some malicous software can even infect the BIOS.
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