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Can factory-installed recovery partitions become infected?


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#1 ering

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 11:08 PM

Hi, my laptop is a Gateway model NE56R41u running preinstalled Windows 8. It didn't come with the Windows 8 installation media, and it has a hidden recovery partition to reset everything to factory default conditions.

 

My question is, is it possible for viruses to infect this hidden recovery partition? (The partition isn't normally visible from within the OS)

If so, would it only be possible for a virus to corrupt that partition totally, or could the viruses "reinfect" the computer from the partition after resetting to factory conditions? 



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 06:05 AM

Yes, some types of malware can infect recovery partitions and even render them unusable.

If the recovery partition has become infected, you will need to contact the computer manufacturer (Gateway), explain what happened and ask them to send full recovery disks to use instead. In many cases they will send replacements as part of their support or charge a small fee.
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