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Boot Sector Virus?

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#1 SingingNewb


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Posted 10 May 2010 - 09:24 PM

Is it possible to get a boot sector virus on windows 7?

Are there any other ways that a virus can remain on my computer even after a reformat of windows 7?

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 12:48 PM

Its is very possible to get a boot sector virus on any operating system. Windows 7 is not immune to be infected.

It is rare but not impossible to remain infected after doing a reformat if you failed to format the whole disk and all its partitions.

Or if you saved anything to a disk and then returned it to the previously formatted hard drive.

You should try scanning the drive with a good anti-virus program to be sure.
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Posted 11 May 2010 - 02:06 PM

Boot sector viruses these days are so rare that I would doubt that is the issue. As MrBruce already stated, if you didn't do a complete reformat, then it is possible that an infection remain behind. Again, not very likely because even with a quick format, a reinstall wipes out important tables that programs need in order to run.

What behavior are you seeing that makes you think you are infected?

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