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Besides The Hd, Where Else Can A Virus/worm Hide?


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#1 7ser

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 02:20 PM

Can the virus/worm hide on other parts of the HD, or other protected areas on the HD?

Besides the HD, where else can a virus/worm hide on a computer?

This is related to a system that has been disconneced from the web, formated, and still is infected.

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 02:53 PM

Malware can only be found on your hard drive.

The issue is either your data that you reinstalled (if any) contains an infection, or the infection survived the formatting. Sometimes a simple formatting is not enough.

You can run Killdisk to delete everything including any infections. This is a free progam and can be downloaded HERE. Put the program on a floppy disk or a CD.

Then run a DOS disk, such as a Windows 98 start up disk, when the computer boots to DOS, type "C:" (without the quotes), push ENTER. Then type "fdisk" (without the quotes), push ENTER, then just push ENTER at each selection that you are prompted to make (in other words, just accept all defaults). You can download what you need HERE.

Then reboot with your XP CD in the cd drive and reinstall Windows, being sure to choose "Full Format" instead of quick format when prompted.

Be careful about reinstalling your data as it may contain a virus or other malware.
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Posted 06 November 2007 - 03:31 PM

Thats a great program, I will try the killdisk. I have been researching and the BIOS seems vulnerable as well for a few viruses.

Are there any other possible places for the virus to hide. I have an HP with what looks like a factory setup partition of 8MB (DOS?) Could this be a source of infection as well?

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 04:28 PM

You are running multiple threads on the same subject. It is best to stick to one thread.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/115306/format-and-still-infected-please-help/
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