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Windows 7: Make secure USB stick for malware offline repair

11 Feb 2016   #11

Windows 7 x64, ultimate/pro/home, SLES x86 & ia64

for wiping the hard drive, do a search on low level format. unless i am mistaken, you didn't mention what make/model hard drive... search at the hard drive maker's website and try putting in a help ticket with them asking if they have any drive wiping tools.

i can't say don't try a linux distro using dd, but i'm skeptical on that because dban is essentially that plus the algorithms for writing to the drive. if your not having any success with dban on the hard drive then i don't understand how using dd in linux can do any better, since dban is a booting linux distro that just runs writing algorithms with the basic 1-pass writing zeros being dd if=/dev/zero or /dev/null.

what i would be interested in is seeing a network capture from wireshark and from a router/firewall when this problem pc is running.

are you sure your router is not compromised and hacked?

and what do you have for an internet connection, is it a static ip that is always the same to the world?
if so that could be your problem. normally your isp will change it every so often. you can visit the grc shieldsup website from any pc within your network, or use one of the utilities over at power cycle your router or house gateway and see if what they say your ip address is changes.

you could also try installing a free linux distro like opensuse on the problem pc / hard disk and see what then happens.

to be honest, at this point if it were me it would be for curiosity's sake if nothing good was on tv. If i needed a working computer i'd just newegg a new mobo that i could swap the cpu and ram over to.
I'm still a little confused as to what has been narrowed down and where you think the problem lies... still all on the hard drive? or mobo firmware and bios? or the windows dvd media?

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