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Help, need advice on a VIRUS and windows 8 reinstallation

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    Help, need advice on a VIRUS and windows 8 reinstallation


    Computer is alienware 14 late 2013, windows 8

    Hi. I am currently rebuilding a freinds computer (he had a virus called winzip registry optimizer), I ran a full scan in safe mode with both Malwarebytes free and avsast free to eradicate it but also found 11 other viruses. I deleted and cleared all the viruses, but was unsure if there might still be some lingering. so I did a full system reinstall to be on the safe side, I have a dell usb stick for that but I chose to just use the inbuilt "remove everything and reinstall windows option". see linked in picture. my question is, is it possible the virus was on the reinstall drive, I want to be 100% sure I got this thing. thanks.

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    I generally dislike giving this advice, because I'm just the messenger and before I know who I'm even talking to, I just know there's going to be a gun, even if it's only a glancing thought in the recipient's mind.

    With a machine that compromised, there really is no way the best of the best professional can give you a seal of approval and guarantee you any type of security, privacy or stability. There is no telling what has been altered, added or removed from the system.

    The advice is to use Killdisk to 0 out the drive. Then re-install Windows to the hard drive.

    Anything is possible. Malware can be tricky at times. I'd disable Autoplay in Windows, attach the USB drive, then scan it with Malwarebytes.

    I know you're probably going to keep the Windows install, though. haha (Don't do it!!! But if you do, delete the restore points.)
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    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)





    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    Windows 8 Dell Backup and Recovery - Windows 8 - Software & Operating Systems - Dell Community
    http://www.dellbackupandrecovery.com/en-us/Index.html

    Downloading and Installing Dell Backup and Recovery 1.5 on Windows 8 - YouTube

    Dell Windows 8 Recovery.
    Windows 8 - Recovery Media in 99 Seconds - YouTube
    Recovering Windows using the Dell Direct USB Key - YouTube
    Dell Direct USB Key Solution - YouTube
    Dell Recovery Mode - Making Recovery CD - YouTube
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
    Manuals | Dell US
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    windows 8, OSX and windows xp


    Quote Originally Posted by MasterChief View Post
    I generally dislike giving this advice, because I'm just the messenger and before I know who I'm even talking to, I just know there's going to be a gun, even if it's only a glancing thought in the recipient's mind.

    With a machine that compromised, there really is no way the best of the best professional can give you a seal of approval and guarantee you any type of security, privacy or stability. There is no telling what has been altered, added or removed from the system.

    The advice is to use Killdisk to 0 out the drive. Then re-install Windows to the hard drive.

    Anything is possible. Malware can be tricky at times. I'd disable Autoplay in Windows, attach the USB drive, then scan it with Malwarebytes.

    I know you're probably going to keep the Windows install, though. haha (Don't do it!!! But if you do, delete the restore points.)
    It wasnt a restore point, it was a reinstall, supposedly. when I reinstalled I picked full format and zeroed it all out
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    Full format during a Windows install doesn't 0 out the drive.

    There's a big difference. Malware can live on with the method you said. With Killdisk or similar, it can not.

    Deleting restore points on a "kept" installation at least ensures that malware will not live on from there.
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    If you had a rootkit on the drive then it is possible for it to survive a reinstall in some instances. Rootkits write hidden boot partitions, so your best option is to wipe the drive & then reinstall.
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