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?