Freshly Wiped Drive Still Has Virus?

February 18, 2011 at 21:40:36
Specs: Windows 7 x86, Atom/2 GB
I'm working on a neighbors HP Netbook. It had W7 installed on it, and is almost new. Lately, whenever you try to open a file or program, it tries to delete it. It automatically pops up the confirm to delete warning multiple times. I used the recovery partition to restore the computer to factory, the problem still exists. I ran a 3rd party software called Wipe Clean from a bootable CD, deleted the recovery and other partition, re-installed W7 from a disk, and the problem is still there. I tried seeing if there was a hidden partition being missed using Gparted, and I found nothing.
Does anyone have any idea what might be going on? Any thoughts are appreciated.

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#1
February 19, 2011 at 16:36:34
I googled for Wipe Clean, unable to find. Would have liked to see just what it does.

Booting from the W7 CD should have given you the option to delete all partitions & that normally would remove all infections.


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#2
February 19, 2011 at 16:44:40
@echo off
del C:/

should delete everything on it :D


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#3
February 19, 2011 at 18:00:51
oops, my mistake, it is now referred to as WipeDrive. W7 does give you that option as well, which I have also done. I thought WipeDrive might have been more thorough, and used it.
Thank you.

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#4
February 19, 2011 at 18:04:05
The drive has been wiped completely at this point, yet the problem still exists. I just can't think of what would cause this, or how a virus could possibly be present. I have never heard of something residing in the bios that could cause this.

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#5
February 19, 2011 at 18:11:34
"The drive has been wiped completely at this point"
"I thought WipeDrive might have been more thorough, and used it"

Link please.


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#6
February 19, 2011 at 18:22:33
Start Me Up, Faster
http://www.smartcomputing.com/edito...
8. Disable Boot Virus Detection. Although virus protection is certainly a good thing, don't think your BIOS will protect you. Some BIOSes do, however, have the ability to detect a virus attempting to write to the boot sector (at which point you will be warned via message). However, if you want to speed the boot process and eliminate a potential conflict with disk maintenance programs, disable the BIOS boot virus detection and purchase a third-party antivirus program.
The Boot Virus Detection offered in some BIOSes has also been known to occasionally cause installation problems for certain software packages, and it won't protect your PC from virus infections, such as e-mail worms, which have become rampant in recent years. If your BIOS has built-in Boot Virus Detection, it is typically in the Chipset Features section.

bios virus
http://moourl.com/p7q6e
http://www.ehow.com/how-does_480984...


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#7
February 19, 2011 at 18:28:28
"Link please"
Ok I think this is it.
http://www.whitecanyon.com/wipedriv...
Extract from above
Repartition the Hard Drive No

Repartitioning is a lot different to completely removing the partitions with W7.

Wiping is writing data over, once again completely different to removing the partitions with W7.



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#8
February 19, 2011 at 19:42:50
I will check out the above links regarding bios, however that is not going to help me with my current situation. Thank you for that info.

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#9
February 19, 2011 at 19:47:21
Yes, I am aware that removing partitions is different from wiping a drive, I have been using partitioning programs for 20 years. What I'm saying is that so far I have, used a third party software to wipe the drive, done a full format at install, and have even physically removed the drive and done a full format cabled to my own desktop PC.
This is a total enigma. Thanks for the input.

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#10
February 19, 2011 at 20:10:24
"What I'm saying is that so far I have, used a third party software to wipe the drive, done a full format at install, and have even physically removed the drive and done a full format cabled to my own desktop PC"

Not good enough, completely delete all the partitions.


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#11
February 19, 2011 at 22:54:04
Well, using the WipeDrive and Gparted software, no partition was found whatsoever.
Now the latest incarnation, I have once again installed W7, and once again problem is there. Now the twist, I removed the hard drive, cabled it to my pc, and mysteriously now there is a 100mb partition as drive letter G, with the remaining bulk of the disk space as drive H. Went to disk management, removed G partition, full format on H,
and am currently installing W7. If, this works which I optimistically anticipate it will, it means that both 3rd party software were unable to see this partition. I will update thread shortly.
Thank you.

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#12
February 19, 2011 at 23:05:57
May not need to answer this, depends how the install goes.

Does either computer have a floppy drive?


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#13
February 19, 2011 at 23:32:35
Ok, apparently W7 automatically creates this partition.
At the where do you want to install windows screen:
Disk 0 unallocated space 100 mb
Disk 0 partition 1 (primary) 232.8gb

Now, if you highlight the the first one and Delete, it just toggles to the other one, and will not delete. The same holds true for the other way around.

The partition was completely deleted and rechecked in disk management on my PC, it was created only upon installation of W7.

To answer your question regarding a floppy drive, I have an external USB that I use for certain applications.


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#14
February 20, 2011 at 01:01:42
"The partition was completely deleted and rechecked in disk management on my PC, it was created only upon installation of W7"
OK, could'nt remember how 7 worked, only ever done one install, done hundreds of XP.

Is everything working OK?


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#15
February 20, 2011 at 09:31:45
Yeah, same with me. Depending on the version of W7 it automatically creates a 100mb or 200mb partition, basically a bitlocker partition.
After all of this, once again still there. I have never dealt with anything like this.

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#16
February 20, 2011 at 11:08:38
I use a boot floppy or a boot RW-CD with the same special files on for removing hidden files.
I have uploaded the zipped up files for you to put on a floppy or make your CD.

Zap when finished gives messages that make you think it has failed, it has'nt.

Commands are also in the Zip file.

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To get your HD really clean, use both of these, they are instant ( no waiting ) start with Zap 1st & WIPE OUT immediately after.
Only safe way to clean up the HD, is to do it on it's own, in other words no other HD connected to the cable or motherboard.

1: Make sure no other hard drive is connected.

2: Set the bios to boot from floppy first.

3: Use this W95 boot disk. Unzip the files onto a floppy & reboot.
W95 Boot disk files.zip
http://www.mediafire.com/?db15abt4e...

4: Type > zap 1 & press > Enter.

5: Type > wipeout c: /nq /np & press > Enter

6: Change bios to boot from CD first.

7: Remove boot floppy, insert XP ( or whatever operating system you want to install ) cd & reboot, format & partition ( recommend NTFS ) as required.


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#17
February 20, 2011 at 13:01:18
If you deleted partitions and then wiped the drive, I don't see how the drive could be dirty. I would make sure there's a power-down immediately after, to empty the RAM. At that point, I would suspect the BIOS.

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#18
February 20, 2011 at 16:19:19
Thanks for the upload link, I will make a boot disk for future use.
I have suspected corrupted virus since the second drive cleaning.
Now confirmed. I installed a new drive with vista, and immediately had the same problem. I will reflash the bios, and see what happens.

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#19
February 20, 2011 at 16:21:55
Yeah, as I let John know, after the second wiping, I figured it was a bios issue, as I mentioned several posts previously. With a new drive and O.S. it's still there, time to reflash. Challenging little S.O.B.

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#20
February 20, 2011 at 17:05:22
"Now confirmed. I installed a new drive with vista, and immediately had the same problem"
My next line of attack, was going to be trying another Windows install disk, to see if that failed.

"I will check out the above links regarding bios, however that is not going to help me with my current situation. Thank you for that info"
http://www.ehow.com/how-does_480984...

I wondered at the time, why you said that.


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#21
February 20, 2011 at 17:22:15
This was a partial oversight regarding your bios links, should've read them all first.
I thought it dealt soley with bios optimization tricks, which context did not seem relevant to me at that time. I reflashed the bios with the latest version, now has a new hard drive and Vista, same thing...

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#22
February 20, 2011 at 17:34:17
Unplug the computer, take the battery out of the motherboard, hit the power button once, and then put the battery back in.

Plug the comp back in.


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#23
February 20, 2011 at 17:50:18
Going to remove cmos battery next, and drain board. Hopefully it is easier to remove than many laptop batteries.

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#24
April 7, 2011 at 20:07:58
Stop using cracked versions of windows and this wont happen anymore ahaha.

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#25
April 7, 2011 at 20:23:46
man mabye its a stuck delete key.but its more likely a bios virus

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#26
April 13, 2011 at 01:11:36
Solved. After the bios was flashed, I concluded that it was likely hardware related.
I replaced the keyboard, problem is gone. You were basically correct, there must have been an issue with the delete key. I checked the key previously, and it pressed with normal pressure and returned like the other keys. Just happened to be some strange anomaly with the keyboard. Thanks for the input, chances are slim this will ever happen on any laptop I work on again.

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#27
April 13, 2011 at 01:23:43
Whew, well done masterofnocrack & bluesteel1969.

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#28
April 13, 2011 at 01:35:02
Hey John,
haha ridiculous, wasn't it? Labored over that POS for hours. It was an almost new laptop, couple of months old with light internet usage occasionally. Would never have expected a keyboard failure so early, but HP laptops are notoriously bad.
Thanks for your help and follow up.

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#29
April 13, 2011 at 01:49:36
Yep, being new threw me bluesteel1969, unless it was caused by spillage.

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