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Old 03-19-2013, 19:16   #1
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Will a Disk Format and OS Re-Install Kill a Rootkit Infection?

I think so, but checking.
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Old 03-19-2013, 19:20   #2
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I use Active Kill Disk (its free and a great thing to have to wipe the partitions) - google it for the download.

edit: nvm - here's the link just to make sure you don't get anything unwanted trying to find it.

Burn it to a CD & boot from disc.

MAKE SURE you burn it as a bootable disc (image/ISO) otherwise it will not work (it wont be able to boot from the disc)

If you need a free software to burn ISO's, I use IMGBurn. Link for that is:

Wipe all partitions before installing the OS.

Once you wipe that, the only thing that is left once you reinstall the OS is going to be whatever comes with the OS installation disc.
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Old 03-19-2013, 19:21   #3
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Yes, but don't reinstall it from a backup. It is also possible to kill it with anti virus utilities. TDSS Killer did it for me on an old XP machine that had a very nasty rootkit. Go to It took me a long time to finally get rid of it. It was better than reformatting, reinstalling, reloading software and data though.
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Old 03-19-2013, 23:12   #4
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Originally Posted by BamaBud View Post
I think so, but checking.
In general, yes. Which Rootkit has infected your computer?
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Old 03-21-2013, 13:56   #5
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Don't know, but it's nasty

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In general, yes. Which Rootkit has infected your computer?
Thanks for all the replies. I'll wipe all drives clean and re-install from original Windows CDs.

I don't know what it is, but it's nasty. It turns off ANY antivirus software I put on. It does not show any infection on tdsskiller, and several other killers (kasperesky?) I tried. I went to bleepingcomputer and tried several of their recommended products, NONE showed an infection. But my searches always get redirected and my dns is not rerouted.

I'm so fed up, that I'm going to bite the bullet and wipe and reload.
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Old 03-21-2013, 14:00   #6
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it's worth trying the security tools at

you can run them from about anywhere. flashdrive, cd, or a spot on your windows desktop

my searches always get redirected
try one of the browsers from portableapps. see if searches get redirected.


also, if you do decide to wipe everything and start over, take the
time to make a second partition on your hardrive. very handy for storing data while messing with operating systems.

also, make and use a limited windows account for surfing. that way if it gets messed up you can use the admin account to delete the messed-up account and make a new limited acount for surfing.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:34   #7
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You need to get something Linux based that boots off CD or flash drive.

A lot of these things will re-write themselves into something
else. Once your anti-virus kills off the old thing the new thing
will re-install itself or re-download itself when you connect to
the internet.

A linux based anti-virus will not trigger the existing virus to replicate
as it won't have been loaded into memory allowing it to be cleaned.
Did this to my step-sons computer after he picked up some nasty
thing from too many porn sites. I think it was the Avira one I used.

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