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Considering Using The System Recovery Discs


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#1 ajlst29

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 08:54 PM

As the title says, I am concerned about harboring a keylogger/other malware on my system. I am currently backing everything up (pictures home videos etc) and I was planning on using the system recovery disks that came with the PC. Will this necessarily eliminate all possible keyloggers etc that may be on my system. Is using the system recovery disks equivalent to a hard drive format? Thanks for the help.

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 10:39 PM

It depends on the recovery program that is used. What is the Make/Model of your computer?
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Posted 25 August 2007 - 11:50 PM

Emachines T6414.

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Posted 26 August 2007 - 12:07 AM

That brand of computer uses a program that is called PC Angel. It can format the user partition. This is equivalent to a full format. The User guide for your machine is here In the index of the manual click on restoring your computer.
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Posted 26 August 2007 - 07:09 AM

So this will be sufficient to eliminate any potential malware on my system? Seems like the best solution to me, but am I overkilling?

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Posted 26 August 2007 - 12:35 PM

Yes. If the machine is working ok, what makes you think that you have a keylogger or malware on the machine?
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Posted 26 August 2007 - 12:39 PM

A recovery disk contains a complete copy/image of the entire contents of the hard drive that will restore the system to its factory default state at a certain time. Essentially, it will reformat your hard drive, remove all data and restore the computer to the state it was in when you first purchased it. You will lose all data and have to reinstall all programs that you added afterwards. This includes all security updates from Microsoft and you will need to download/install them again.
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Posted 26 August 2007 - 12:54 PM

Wanted to add my two cents here. It is possible that the files, etc. that you move to another medium can be infected, too.
Have you done any scans for malware and what symptoms are you experiencing?

Here are two good programs to scan with. Let us know what they find please.

Install Super Antispyware. Run it in safe mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.superantispyware.com/

Run the online scan for Bit Defender in normal mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html

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http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-start-windows-in-safe-mode/

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Posted 26 August 2007 - 01:07 PM

Now that you have an open HJT log posted in the HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum, you shouldn't make any changes to your system.
Doing so, could change the results of the posted log, making it difficult to properly clean your system.

At this point, the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.


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Posted 26 August 2007 - 01:28 PM

To avoid confusing, I am closing this topic until you are cleared by the HJT Team. If you still need assistance after your log has been reviewed and you have been cleared, please PM me or another moderator and we will re-open this topic.

Thanks for your cooperation and good luck with your log.
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