Posted 24 August 2009 - 11:14 PM
<-- not a staff member, not a staff member, not a staff member! (just making sure)
Well, DaChew had a quote in another thread (which I can't find now while SAS is running on my infected machine ; ) which basically said, The malware writers want a long drawn-out fight so the infected machine stays connected to the net and spawning. A clean wipe and reinstall is NOT what they want. Also, some of these rootkits are extremely difficult to remove and the computer may never be completely trustworthy again.
Don't take my advice too strongly, because I'm just a watcher here, albeit by this point I've read a hundred or so threads with other people's battles. But it looks like a reformat is always the safest way to go, and it's up to you whether you can live with it or not.
But be darn sure that your backed-up data is clean before you do anything unrecoverable! They suggest some tools, like Flash-Disinfector for removable drives, and maybe use the heavy-duty online scanners like Kaspersky's on your backup. It would be terrible to go through all that and then re-load the infection from the backups.
As to how you'd actually access your drive to wipe and reformat it... I don't think I'm qualified to advise. I can guess, but I'd rather a staff member come in and give good instruction.
Good luck - Straythe
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