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virus alive even after disk zap and os reinstall

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#1 nospmo


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Posted 06 August 2015 - 03:11 PM

Hi Guys


I have recently had a problem with a DELL Inspiron laptop computer, running Windows XP, service level 3


The problem was discovered after lending the laptop to my daughter’s partner


Firstly it gave a message “unable to find certificate” when connecting to wireless network


Secondly it prevented access to any search sites or virus download sites


It had set security levels to “Custom”, the HOSTS file was OK and there were no other HOST files on the disk


Windows update could not be accessed


Also prevented access to GRC when I wanted to try “shields up” so suspect it had created a back door (although router was passworded so this should have been ineffective)


The procedure I then followed was following all sorts of attempts to solve the problem


Performed a factory reset – problem remained, recovery partition obviously contaminated as well


Zapped the hard disk using Disk Zapper and reinstalled Windows – problem remained – must be BIOS


Flashed the BIOS with an upgrade supplied by Dell – problem remained


I have never experienced a virus as bad as this before


Any suggestions? Can a virus hide anywhere else?

Edited by hamluis, 06 August 2015 - 03:15 PM.
Moved from XP to Am I Infected - Hamluis.

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#2 boopme


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Posted 07 August 2015 - 09:19 AM

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