Can a virus live in my RAM memory? I have a ASUS Motherboard and even when computer turned off (Windows) the Motherboard stays is a "wait state" with some power on. I can turn the power fully off with switch on back of power supply.
The reason I ask is because I have a virus that keeps coming back, even though I am doing a clean reinstall after a format and repartition. Install from original Windows XP CD. No internet cable attached and I am installing Anti-virus programs from USB stick and scanning drive after install. Virus show up. Virus set up as another user with Admin rights that seems to load a virtual disk at start up. Virus will not allow clean boot, virus "Admin" does not show up in safe mode when I am logged in, but does show up only at safe mode initial log on screen. Virus does not allow me to use Windows recovery console and it changes the password at that login request line in CMD.COM screen. Virus has also caused windows to request new validation (I phone validated first time)
So now I am going to try another install, but pull the memory out and pulling the plug first. Also any chance the virus could infect the bios? I ready to pull the battery out too if that is possible. 30 years messing with PC and i ahve never seen anything like this. Thanks for any help suggestions.