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Wipe and Reformat Maxtor External HDD with possible Malware/Trojans/Virus


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#1 CowgurlGeek

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 08:28 PM

Thank you for creating and maintaining this site. I continue to research Malicious Coding in the hopes that, I don't have to rely on a stranger, to repair my machine. I stumbled on Bleeping Computer, when i was researching HDD Partitions, and reformatting my internal HDD. I hope I have correctly approached group protocols. I just signed up. I am Android Central and XDA Developers Member, as well. I hope that isn't inappropriate, but, this is a bit of an OCD for me. Keeps my brain happy.
So, what is this MBAM of which you speak? I have a Maxtor One Touch 4, with some things I would have liked to retrieve, but, can live without. I just don't want to infect my new Dell with Win 10, if i don't make sure it's clean. I am scanning with Malwarebytes at this moment, it has found Rogue.installer and 12 PUP files it is not happy with. I had to use Malwarebytes on the Dell, already, because, I loaded a Bitcoin app through the Microsoft store (at least it looked like the store),I did a full factory reset, then scanned it with Malwarebytes, and afterwards, ran Windows Malicious Malware Removal Tool. I am familiar with Android's system a little more than Windows, because, I was taught to be intimidated with the Systems in Windows. Android fixed that fear. So, should I download this MBAM program, next?

Up to 2 Rogue.Installers a Rogue.ErrorSmart, and 15 PUP files...still scanning...

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 10:43 PM

MBAM = MalwareBytes Anti-Malware



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Posted 11 March 2018 - 01:05 PM

I run both MABM and Superantuspyware they are both good tools for you box, another good item is CCleaner (we recommend not using the registry cleaner)  You will be amazed at the junk it gets rid of.


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 03:04 PM

I install Bleach Bit to clean up temp files, because I can't trust CCleaner's reg cleaner. Bleach Bit is more aimed at cleaning useless files and does not attempt to do anything with the registry



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Posted 11 March 2018 - 05:21 PM

CCleaner will only do the registry if you make it go there,  Hmm bleach bit Hilleries favorit tool :tophat:


Edited by OldPhil, 11 March 2018 - 05:22 PM.

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 05:51 PM

Thank you, Gentleman, 

 

    After quarantine and deleting malware, I scanned, again with Malwarebytes, and it came up clean. Reformatted External Drive, copied Malwarebytes to the Ext HDD. I will use your method to clean my PC before I download a backup System Image. Thank you.



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Posted 12 March 2018 - 09:07 AM

The basic error that I see in the discussion of this topic...is the premise that Malwarebytes (or any other program) guarantees a system that has properly been cleansed of known malware.

 

If that premise were true...all of us would rely on Malwarebytes to free systems of malware...and that certainly is not the case.

 

Topic moved from External Hardware to Gen Security, where such topics are probably handled with greater knowledge concerning the intents of the OP.

 

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 09:40 AM

CCleaner will only do the registry if you make it go there,  Hmm bleach bit Hilleries favorit tool :tophat:

Many times I install Bleach Bit on someone else's pc. That's the reason I do not trust or want CCleaner where somebody might attempt to use the reg cleaner. Bleach Bit is much safer for those that are less savvy but still want to clean up temp files for themselves

 

Edit: and yes! It does work for Hillary too!


Edited by Joe C, 12 March 2018 - 09:42 AM.


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Posted 16 March 2018 - 06:34 AM

There are no guarantees or shortcuts when it comes to malware removal - When should I reformat?


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