Hi this problem has baffled both myself and two other forums . Malware bytes and Malware Removal .com .
The hardware on 3 of my computers has been hacked by what appears to me to be a persistent botnet at work.
I was told to come here as the hack is predominantly a hardware hack and no virus removal techniques have the ability to resolve the issue.
I am running a PSQ /ER motherboard Core 2 quad intel 9550 2.83 ghz 8 gig of ram windows 8 64 over Vista 64
The crux of the matter is that after suffering what appeared to be a severe dos attack or bruteforce attack of some description I lost the ability to control the bios of 3 computers and on investigating the hard drives of all of the computers can see that there is around 10 gigs missing from the hard drive on each of them.
I know my machines quite well and know for certain that this is not normal and in particular it is not normal for my laptops bios to be inaccessible in certain areas ie controlling the number of cpus. . On trying to flash any of the infected or affected bios I am unable.
on trying to recover the 10 gigs of drive space I am unable .
It was noted by Gary R that it is very unusual to have that amount of drive space marked as bad sectors and I guess my point is that exactly the same problem is replicated even when putting a brand new hard drive into any of the machines. This in itself points to a bios hack done from the wild which I have been told by a number of people is very rare indeed.
looking for some specialist help on this as I also know a number of people who are suffering similar and same problems.
I will not add more info at this point as I would much rather wait for directions as to what diagnostics information you would like me to supply..
Cheers from down under Peter Pav