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Virus on DBAN install disk?

Last response: in Windows 7
August 1, 2010 5:01:40 PM

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to make sure this was answered before I use DBAN. When I burn the .iso onto the disc, if I did have a rootkit/virus/etc or whatever, is it possible for the virus to burn itself onto the disc aswell?

If so, if use DBAN to completely wipe my hard drive, and then I reinstall Windows 7 after, could the virus somehow manifest and be on my new fresh installation? As the virus was on the disc with DBAN aswell?

a b 8 Security
a b $ Windows 7
August 1, 2010 5:24:50 PM

Short answer, YES.
a c 215 $ Windows 7
August 1, 2010 5:29:40 PM

As long as you are running DBAN from something like a flash drive, you will be fine. Burn it to a CD and any infection won't be able to copy itself to your disk. And if you're even more paranoid about it, write DBAN to a floppy disk and move the slider so the floppy is in read-only mode.