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#1 jfhorton


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Posted 20 July 2015 - 06:02 AM

What is the best practice with regard to an infected computer (CryptoWall 3.0) - should I replace the hard drive or can I strip it and reinstall Windows and other programs?  I was considering just junking the computer and building another one, but I've read several posts where people are either stripping or replacing the hard drive.  Is there any chance that the motherboard carries an imprint of the virus or encryption?


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Posted 20 July 2015 - 06:55 AM

I recently repaired 2 laptops , with Encryption Malware etc and no fix available...yet.

Fairly sure it doesnt infect the Mobo etc.

I just formatted the whole drive on one lappy using Mini Tool Partition Wizard and the other i reinstalled the Factory Restore Option.

You could use Dban or any format tool of your choice.

I had no issue`s , and these were single drives , and no other drives were connected in any way or networked.

Your call ? or wait for any other responses from BC Experts.

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 05:32 PM

A repository of all current knowledge regarding CryptoWall, CryptoWall 2.0 & CryptoWall 3.0 is provided by Grinler (aka Lawrence Abrams), in this topic: CryptoWall and DECRYPT_INSTRUCTION Ransomware Information Guide and FAQ

There are also ongoing discussions in these topics:Rather than have everyone start individual topics, it would be best (and more manageable for staff) if you posted any questions, comments or requests for assistance in one of those topic discussions. Doing that will also ensure you receive proper assistance from our crypto malware experts since they may not see this thread. To avoid unnecessary confusion...this topic is closed.

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