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by Gsteele / December 9, 2004 10:47 PM PST In reply to: Re: Can any virus survive reformatting the hard drive? If you saved the changes prior to exiting, you were buying a new chip. Reply Reply With Quote January 14th, 2002,07:54 AM #7 Mike View Profile View Forum Posts View Blog Entries Misanthropic Join Date Oct 2001 Location Bay Area, California Posts 21,578 Blog FDISK/MBR against a drive infected with a One_Half variant (or any future/unknown virus that uses a similar "trick") will remove the MBR infection (One_Half is multi-partite, so it doesn't necessarily clean news

or just do a low level format if you are really worried about it.Click to expand... Windows XP firewall is not good enough.5- Enable automatic weekly virus scans of your entire computer.6- Avoid executable downloads (programs, etc.) from any P2P or unknown sources.7- Make sure not to Flag Permalink This was helpful (0) Collapse - virus by mas76y / August 19, 2006 9:04 PM PDT In reply to: Can any virus survive reformatting the hard drive? Etc. https://www.cnet.com/forums/discussions/can-any-virus-survive-reformatting-the-hard-drive-49909/

That data can still be recovered by people who know about computers. Here's a similar question which may be of relevance. There are some special things about the MBR.

BTW.... Then I disable HD and FDD. 2. by nkchebli / December 10, 2004 11:55 AM PST In reply to: Re: Can any virus survive reformatting the hard drive? Or if some other part of your network is infected.

I thought they were the exact same thing? Try to find out first if it is really infected:It is always recommended to disconnect any system from the network while in the process of disinfecting.Do not modify, open or save are there viruses that infect the MBR? You can not do an LLF on new hard drives.

Don't worry though, this is just my ramblings, you're unlikely to encounter that sort of thing. #11 Atheus, Jul 12, 2007 Atheus Diamond Member Joined: Jun 7, 2005 Messages: 7,311 The Apple costs less, does more and seems to be totally stable.So much for Dell, Intel and M$. So, put simply. Low level format drive #3.

This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/forum/helproom-1/does-format-kill-virus-80604/ By the way what's an "OCD" or something like that in a later ans. Anyway I read about the fdisk /mbr command. by bob t / December 11, 2004 8:18 AM PST In reply to: Re: Can any virus survive reformatting the hard drive?

I heard some where the some could survive fdisk /mbr, but they couldn't survive debugging the MBR. Would that do it you think? can viruses still remain after formatting a hard drive Flag Permalink This was helpful (0) Back to Spyware, Viruses, & Security forum 37 total posts (Page 1 of 2) 01 02 by torex / December 10, 2004 9:02 AM PST In reply to: Re: Can any virus survive reformatting the hard drive?

  1. BUT you have to do so for every physical hard drive and every partition.
  2. And your firmware would need to be device specific so to get any amount of penetration you'd need dozens or hundreds of variants.Click to expand...
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  4. by Donna Buenaventura / December 9, 2004 8:24 PM PST In reply to: Re: Can any virus survive reformatting the hard drive?
  5. I understand that FDISK & format creates a weak buffer and writing zeros to sectors creates a stronger buffer but I don't care how weak the buffer is.
  6. can survive fdisk/format.

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Malware could effectively be hidden in other devices that use their own BIOS to boot up like a video card, router, or yes even a printer. That is why I said know your system....know it inside and out....because an alert user one who sees the same problems time and time again...may just be experiencing the anomalies that http://linux4newbie.com/can-a/can-a-usb-wireless-adaptor-have-a-virus.html And that is why many Corporations destroy the drive or the entire PC.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you! When the system is powered down, RAM, at least most out there rather than the newer kind that survives power-off, loses memory state - so, HDD, PC bios, and video chip Then start reinstalling you software.

Because in general it doesn't survive a hard disk wipe.

First, a high level format does not over write much of anything, which is why you can do that and with the proper tools extract almost anything you want.A better method Reply Reply With Quote January 14th, 2002,01:39 PM #15 fatal xception View Profile View Forum Posts View Blog Entries Senior Member Join Date Dec 2001 Location Wwwwaconia, MMMinnes Posts 845 Once is it marked as deleted, it won't be executed again. I recently inherited a computer running Windows 2000 that was badly infected with over 1000 viruses.

I took out the hard drive from the old pc and installed it in my new pc. See here. –Jon Bentley Apr 28 '15 at 16:59 add a comment| up vote 1 down vote I'm adding this answer to provide an alternative to some of the misleading (and This is why I refuse to post submissions that basically just say "Try FDISK/MBR" in response to "How do I clean ?" questions. click site This is a home user so no 'it survives with the nightly backup' stuff. #17 Atheus, Jul 13, 2007 Nothinman Elite Member Joined: Sep 14, 2001 Messages: 30,672 Likes Received:

A pre-OS driver to support "large drives" has been installed so a drive greater than 528MB can be used in a machine with an "old" BIOS.