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Posted 24 September 2011 - 10:49 AM
Posted 01 October 2011 - 08:03 AM
Reinstall the Operating System.
the only way to fully be certain of having the PC safe again is to format and reinstall the hard drive
You should set up your folder options so that file extensions are always shown. Having said that, even with the correct extension files can harbor infections. Microsoft releases updates to render these infections useless so make sure to update your computer either before or as soon as you get Windows installed and have an active network connection. You may need to install your network card drivers before you reach this point.
I am concerned however about what I have read regarding the virus possibly adding itself to legitimate files and renaming the extension. Does this mean that a novice such as myself could easily back up a a word document or mp3 file and unknowingly be transferring the virus?
When your CD arrives it should have the key with it unless you are ordering a restore disk from your system manufacturer. In this case you would use the key that is on the Certificate of Authenticity sticker of your computer.
I have not got my original CD for XP so I have one of those on the way. I understand it will ask for a product code or similar. How can I find out this? Is it actually printed onto my computer somewhere?
It's pretty simple. The steps depend on what kind of disk you are getting. The drivers can be downloaded from your computer or hardware manufacturers website. Windows can be updated by visiting Windows Update and if Office is installed you would visit Microsoft Update. If your disk does not include SP3, you will be prompted to install that first (depending of course if your disk has at least SP1).
Finally is this an easy enough task for a person such as myself to undertake? I gather there will be things I must do once XP is reinstalled such as install drivers and updates?
Edited by .X., 01 October 2011 - 08:05 AM.
Posted 01 October 2011 - 08:19 AM
Posted 01 October 2011 - 08:56 AM
Backdoors and What They Mean to You
Whenever a system has been compromised by a backdoor payload, it is impossible to know if or how much the backdoor has been used to affect your system...There are only a few ways to return a compromised system to a confident security configuration. These include:
• Reimaging the system
• Restoring the entire system using a full system backup from before the backdoor infection
• Reformatting and reinstalling the system
If I guide someone with Virut (or any other File Infector) present and their Antivirus cannot properly disinfect it, then I recommend a format and reinstall...dealing with such infections is a waste of time and that's why I prefer the fastest and safest solution - which is a format and reinstall...After all, I think it would be irresponsible to let the malware "stew" (download/spread/run more malware) for another couple of days/weeks if you already know it's a lost case.
The only way to clean a compromised system is to flatten and rebuild. That’s right. If you have a system that has been completely compromised, the only thing you can do is to flatten the system (reformat the system disk) and rebuild it from scratch (reinstall Windows and your applications).
Posted 01 October 2011 - 08:58 AM
Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:25 AM
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