I have reformatted my harddrive using the recovery partition on my harddrive, reinstalled all windows updates and reinstalled all security apps. SASW, Mbam etc.
I have followed the steps given for scanning my drive for malware, including all safemode scans from the previous forum post just to be sure my system is now clean although before my accounts were hacked, these scans turned up nothing pretty much.
However, Is it possible that the hacker who was harassing me (changing wallpapers, duplicating and changing file names, stealing/hacking accounts etc) may have accessed the recovery partition on my harddrive and put malware/hacking tools/keyloggers into it so they reloaded when I did the recovery?
Basically I am asking, did I finally get rid of this hacker or do I need to order recovery disks from my manufacturer to be sure instead of using the partition area of my harddrive?
I believe he used Backtrack http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BackTrack to hack my system in the first place, so maybe that is why conventional scans turned up nothing.
Thank you to any of the more experienced users who can answer some of these questions.
Edited by infx13, 01 November 2009 - 01:26 AM.