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low level format doesn't get rid of virus

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April 26, 2013 7:18:37 PM

I have tried to use hitachi dft to low level format a drive but the virus shuts down the computer before it finishes. How do I get rid of this thing? The motherboard is telling me there is a virus in the boot sector. I used avira, avast, ms security essentials, mcaffee from cox security suite, all to no avail. I would like to use a free one.
April 26, 2013 9:32:15 PM

ur6beersaway said:
You can run this & start over (free): http://www.dban.org/


the hard drive isn't even partitioned. will this fix the problem?
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April 26, 2013 9:37:52 PM

It will destroy ALL data and restore the drive to a virgin state.. brand new
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April 26, 2013 10:42:33 PM

I think you're better off using the system you have instead of wiping everything and for me, ComboFix would help you do that. Find it at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com where you should also carefully read the detailed instructions. When it completes - and it will take its time - go from Start to Run and in the Open box, type combofix /uninstall and let that finish before you restart.
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April 26, 2013 10:43:24 PM

That formatting just had to hide the necessary space between combofix and /uninstall, didn't it? :D 
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April 27, 2013 8:35:00 AM

ur6beersaway said:
It will destroy ALL data and restore the drive to a virgin state.. brand new


How do I know it is done erasing the drive? It has been 10 hours running and has a blancco advertisement up with a small text message on top that irq 16 has been disabled (reset, I think).
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April 27, 2013 8:52:24 AM

its done when the ad shows up, or if it failed to run.It does have a log. A 3TB hardrive takes no more than 2 hrs
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April 27, 2013 9:05:38 AM

ur6beersaway said:
its done when the ad shows up, or if it failed to run.It does have a log. A 3TB hardrive takes no more than 2 hrs


the ad comes up right away on my 500gb drive so it is failing to run and the virus is still there
the motherboard virus warning comes up when I use my windows xp install disk
this isn't a false alarm, right?
also when I use seatools to low level format it shuts off before completion
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April 27, 2013 9:08:24 AM

Saga Lout said:
I think you're better off using the system you have instead of wiping everything and for me, ComboFix would help you do that. Find it at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com where you should also carefully read the detailed instructions. When it completes - and it will take its time - go from Start to Run and in the Open box, type combofix /uninstall and let that finish before you restart.


so my infected 500gb drive has to be hooked up to the same motherboard as my windows 1 tb drive?
then run combofix in my windows drive and the other drive will get fixed using combofix?
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April 27, 2013 9:22:54 AM

Make sure the ONLY drive plugged in is one you want to clean. then it should up on the dban menu. Unplug everything else.
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April 27, 2013 9:51:03 AM

ur6beersaway said:
Make sure the ONLY drive plugged in is one you want to clean. then it should up on the dban menu. Unplug everything else.


I chose to clean the hitachi several times but the ad comes up right away
and the virus is still there so it isn't erasing
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April 27, 2013 10:08:50 AM

The hatachi HAS to be the ONLY thing dban sees ANYTHING else must be unplugged EX.card readers or anything else except the cd drive & the keyboard. The menu should show only one "choice".
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April 28, 2013 12:17:59 PM

ur6beersaway said:
The hatachi HAS to be the ONLY thing dban sees ANYTHING else must be unplugged EX.card readers or anything else except the cd drive & the keyboard. The menu should show only one "choice".


Did that but still didn't work because the virus goes into memory and distorts dban output on the screen. then it freezes up before completion
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