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Need Help Securing Windows 7

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#1 JayBlitzer


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Posted 11 October 2011 - 10:59 PM


I recently had a horrible virus take control of my computer.. It shut off my firewall and antivirus as well as opened many ports on my system and set itself up as a server.

I'm extremely paranoid now as I didn't make a windows disc or a backup..

I formatted using the windows recovery with a fresh factory install.. I'm kind of paranoid that the recovery drive may have been altered as well so that I could be re-infected upon formatting. Is this possible? How can I be sure I'm not infected?

I've been trying to close net share as well but no luck. It's sharing all drives and remote options when I go to cmd and type net share.. I've turned off discovery service and stopped server and workstation and set them to manual in services. How can I turn that off permanently? Every time I restart the computer it's open again.

Thank you for your time!


(Moderator edit: thread moved to more appropriate forum. jgw)

Edited by jgweed, 13 October 2011 - 09:07 AM.

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#2 noknojon


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Posted 12 October 2011 - 02:26 AM

I formatted using the windows recovery with a fresh factory install..
How can I be sure I'm not infected?

Hi JayBlitzer -
If this has been reformatted back to "factory settings" then this is the time to create your own Recovery DVDs.

Set up any decent Antivirus, I always use a free version, currently Microsoft Security Essentials as it is basically a "set and forget" system.
Also ensure that at a minimum you have Windows Firewall activated, however if you have a 3rd party program installed, then use that.

Without knowing the make / model it is hard to give an exact point to create the DVDs from (usually takes 3 DVDs).
My Toshiba has a built in Recovery Media Creator program to do this. Check your system to see if you have a similar setup.
Post back if you want any more specific information that we may be able to help with.

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