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Should I worry about a BIOS rootkit?


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#1 broussard

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 04:18 PM

My father allowed a stranger to install software on his computer. (This was done remotely following a phone call.) I am assuming the worst: malware, rootkit, whatever. On our advice he already changed all his financial account numbers and disconnected the computer from the internet, but I intend to clean his computer.

I'm not even going to bother trying to clean the hard drive--I'm buying a new one, and then doing a clean install of Windows XP on the fresh drive.

I thought that would take care of everything...except that I recently heard about BIOS rootkits.

Is there a chance that his computer would have a BIOS rootkit?

Is there an effective way to scan the BIOS before I replace the hard drive? There isn't much point in putting a fresh hard drive together with an infected mobo, right?

If there is a BIOS rootkit, how can I get rid of it?

His computer is a Gateway 3250S.

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