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#1 niceecin

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 11:06 PM

Hello everyone!

 

This is my first post here, and hopefully I won't need to cry for help again after this. Yesterday I got some pretty bad malware from a torrent, and it attacked the sequence for booting up and wouldn't let me access my computer without going through and entering information. So I chose to wipe my C drive, however I didn't wipe my D drive, which contains a giant quantity of general media files and most of the programs I use on the computer. First of all, I doubt most of the people reading this will think not wiping the other drive was a good idea, but my pc is acting clean and a malwarebytes scan turned up empty. Second of all, my computer doesn't recognize all the programs in the D drive for places like the uninstall or change a program section of the control panel. I had been going there to get rid of some crapware that came with my windows install, and to remove bitTorrent, which I don't remember installing on my C. Either way, I was just hoping there was a way to get windows to scan through the D drive and find programs and register them. Otherwise I'll just go through and try to get rid of stuff by manually searching.

 

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 05:49 AM

You're out of luck.  Programs have to be reinstalled to use and the files on D: need to be manually deleted.  Even if there was such a program it wouldn't work for most programs which install files all over your computer and write information into the registry.

 

Since you didn't wipe the D: drive there is the possibility that you could reinfect yourself if the malware dropped something on your D: drive.



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 08:57 AM

Alright, well thanks anyway.

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 04:40 PM

To see what a program does when it installs, try this trial version of Mirekusoft's Install Monitor3:  http://www.mirekusoft.com/new-mirekusoft-install-monitor-3-0/

It's good for 30 days - after which you can either pay for it, or uninstall it.
But it'll show you all the different places that a program puts files, and all the places in the registry that it makes changes.

I liked it so much that I kept it and paid for it!


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Posted 23 April 2016 - 11:33 PM

But that would require the setup application would it not?



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Posted 24 April 2016 - 05:29 AM

Yes, and it even monitors it's own installation.

I only brought it up to see if you wanted to learn more about how a program installs stuff all over your system.


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Posted 24 April 2016 - 02:49 PM

Yeah that might help me make sense of why programs do what they do, thanks for the suggestion.






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