so i have always preferred to doing a clean install of windows about once a year over using any type of virus protection (other than windows 7 protection). I have on rare occasions used the free malwarebytes to resolve minor issues but thats it.
I just bought a samsung series 7 laptop and it came with 3 months of norton anti-virus. And wouldnt you know it, within two weeks i managed to get some stupid virus that makes it nearly impossible to use any internet browser, it constantly redirects search results that i click on and i have also had my computer freeze and need rebooting during this. I keep getting virus alerts for some "trojan" and norton antivirus crashes.
But the laptop didnt come with a drivers disc, and i read reviews of people reformatting the hard drive and running into issues getting the right drivers from the samsung site.
Norton and malwarebytes arent getting this virus, and apparently its a tough one to deal with. Is it realistic to think that i can rid this or is my best bet to just clean install.
It turns out samsung has a utility to backup software and drivers (i did not know this until today). Is there any chance that this backup will also carry the virus/malware/trojan/whatever? or is there a chance that anything the virus has affected will ruin elements of a driver backup?