I've been infected with Backdoor.tdss.565 and I've read all the gloomy news about polymorphic trojans and how it is categorically impossible to remove them completely.
I use my computer for online banking so a complete reformat seems the only option for me. (unless these really can be completely removed)
I've read these reccomendations about backing up my files before i do:
From geekstogo.com - i think
This infection can and will infect all the machine's executable files, document files, and media files. Malware experts say that only a complete reformat and reinstall is the only way to clean the infection.
DO NOT back up ANY files containing these extentions:
.exe, .bat, .scr, .rar, .zip, .htm, .html, .mp3, .wma, .ogg, .mp4, .jpg, .gif, .doc, .xls, .ppt.
Anything that is an executable, document, or media file can and probably is infected.
//Doesn't leave much does it??
Close all your bank accounts and open new ones and alert your bank that you may be a victim of identity theft
Change all your passwords on every website you use from another computer
Perform a factory reset on your router [if you have one]
Check all networked computers for infection, if infection is found, reformat them using the guidelines above.
So two questions:
-Really? ALL my documents and music are infected?? I can't back up anything?? This sounds too extreme to me. i can believe executable files and some documents but everything?
-I have an HP Pavilion with a recovery partition, anyone who knows this feature knows that the computer lets no one and nothing change this data. So would a factory restore do the trick or do i need to go out and buy a non-OEM copy of windows to reinstall? Is this virus really powerful enough to infect this partition?
Any help is appreciated, thank you.
Edited by In5ignia, 15 May 2010 - 02:56 PM.