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#1 dustygal

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 01:00 PM

this may sound stupid but i need to know for sure. can a virus get into the hardware of your computer and still cause problems even if the hard drive that had the virus has been replaced with a new hard drive. i had the keylogger virus xp 2012 and i could not do anything on my computer so i just took out that hard drive and replaced it with a new one. so can the virus be in the hardware of my computer somehow. i hesitate to do anything financial on my computer until i know for sure that things i key can not be picked up by someone now that the hard drive has been replaced. is the virus only active with the hard drive it is on?
thanks for any answers.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 01:31 AM

Hello, No it will be in the drive.. A redirect virus can infect a router.
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 03:46 PM

thanks boopme for answering. i have wireless internet through charter. is the modem i have with them considered a router? if so then do you think it is infected? if so what can i do about that?
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 04:04 PM

Hello, no a modem and a router are 2 different devices. As you did not speak of redirects,only the 2012 popup infection,I would be comfortable that its not infected.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 03:14 PM

thanks boopme. what would a redirect do? the only thing it did was it kept going back to the popup. wouldnt let me go online or do anything except it would let me run my avast. but the avast didn't pick up the virus.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:47 PM

A redirect is when you want to do to a page or you google something and the click on a link to go to a page and you keep going to a different unrelated page, You get re directed from where you wanted to go.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 07:30 PM

ok thanks. that didn't happen. so i guess my computer is ok then? thanks for you answers.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:39 PM

:thumbup2: You're welcome!
If there are no more problems or signs of infection, you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok". Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" tab, then click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.
Vista Users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point and Disk Cleanup.

Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection:Avoid gaming sites, pirated software, cracking tools, keygens, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs. They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Many malicious worms and Trojans spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming and underground sites. Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications. Read P2P Software User Advisories and Risks of File-Sharing Technology.

Keeping Autorun enabled on USB and other removable drives has become a significant security risk due to the increasing number of malware variants that can infect them and transfer the infection to your computer. To learn more about this risk, please read:
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