Solved Do virus scanners scan hidden files

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August 1, 2012 at 15:03:15
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 960Tx4 / 8GB
hello not been on for a while but have a question while backing up a customers files
viruses/add-ware and root kit found
tried the usual programs we use ie combofix/malware bytes and cc-cleaner as well as eset nod 32
reg cleaner and the like but as the computer is full of junk programs decided to backup and format on which i found hundreds of hidden files

but this has got me thinking do programs like antivirus/add-ware and the like scan hidden files or do you have to un hide them first

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August 1, 2012 at 16:34:36
The badies are always ahead of the goodies. Once the User has been conned, it is too late.
Malware Prevention
"There is no magic involved. The majority of malware is installed by the user themselves"

The latest rootkits will create their own hidden partition.

Make sure when you reinstall, you delete ALL partitions & format to NTFS.
D to Delete the selected partition ( XP )
W7 - Click on > Drive options (advanced)
W7 - Then highlight each partition & hit > Delete.
Here are some examples of why you delete all partitions.
"This is what we are up against, malware has installed an infected hidden partition within your Master Boot Record and set that partition as active so everytime you boot up your system it boots from the infected partition and the malware is activated."
World's stealthiest rootkit gets a makeover
Rootkit Bounces Back …with a vengeance

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August 1, 2012 at 17:51:53
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AV's etc do scan hidden files. They wouldn't be much good if they didn't do this.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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August 2, 2012 at 06:01:45
Modern AV products do scan hidden files and any other they are able to find. Modern malware goes to incredible lengths to hide itself and anti-malware must do it's best to locate it. It is a war with no end in sight.

Do not use registry cleaners as they generally cause more problems than they solve.

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August 3, 2012 at 13:17:07
Thanks for that guys
johnw i knew all of that but thanks i see the time you put into the post
derek marked yours as best answer as you answered the question i asked first
lmiller7 thanks for confirming what john and derek said.

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