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Windows 7: Window 7 is infected

18 Nov 2009   #11
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Assuming that the install disk for windows 7 has not been compromised - downloaded and burned to disk from an infected system - then there is no way that the new seven install disk can be infected - the fact that you boot from a clean medium, either the install disk or partitioner disk, ensures that the memory is clean.

once the install is completed the system should be clean and thus can be used with suitable AV software to clean the external drive.

The only infection that could possibly survive this procedure would be the extremely unlikely one in the system BIOS - if this is a concern then you would need to re-flash the BIOS from a clean external source disk, before any other operations.


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18 Nov 2009   #12
vicvic

windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
 
 

one quick question - before i go.

I have been running avast for years - Is avira better than avast

just wonder which works better with 7

thank you so much guys
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18 Nov 2009   #13
vicvic

windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
 
 

sorry just saw your post

I have upgrade disk that where sent to me by hp - so they are clean - there is something to flash the bios how do i do that there is something i my disk that did that when i installed 7 can flash them again
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18 Nov 2009   #14
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I have used Avast and Avira - both are competent Anti-virus solutions - which is the best is subjective and will change from test to test.

What I personally recommend to anyone is rather than an AV or firewall or security suite - you need a security aware mindset - the tools are an important part of course, but most important is to not go to high risk areas on the net and follow basic rules for safe computing, if your not 100% sure don't click on it
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18 Nov 2009   #15
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

It sounds like you've been infected with a BOT!

Once you do your clean install, change all your passwords because they have no doubt been stolen. Also, since you had critical information (tax returns) on the drive, keep an eye out for identity theft.... such as with credit cards, banking, etc...
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18 Nov 2009   #16
Superdog

windows 7
 
 

Is there any chance that Combofix would fix it. I've used that program before and have seen it do seemingly impossible fixes.
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18 Nov 2009   #17
TGSoldier

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
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What I personally recommend to anyone is rather than an AV or firewall or security suite - you need a security aware mindset - the tools are an important part of course, but most important is to not go to high risk areas on the net and follow basic rules for safe computing, if your not 100% sure don't click on it
*Points to Sig*
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18 Nov 2009   #18
vicvic

windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
 
 

hi thanks for the advice on the passwords. I already plan to do that.

i have got advice from another forum (these guys are experts on this stuff) on how to get it my data of the hard drive. i will post link, if that is allowed or if anyone is interested.

comfix might work but i don't have time easier to reformat the hard drives.

I picked it up by using a usb at an internet cafe to print something. Before i put it in the first computer. The drive probable hasn't been used for about 8 months.

all good fun.
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18 Nov 2009   #19
vicvic

windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
 
 

very quick update.

erased the hard drive. It took so long but will be worth it.

Then i loaded Windows 7 straight on the drive. It was a bit hairy at first as it kept telling me to please load a operating system. I worked it out.

The interesting thing is it didn't create and old file at all. Which is great.

Decided to go with avast. as i know the program.

thank you guys

vic

ps i will up date about the removable process when i get to it.
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