Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Apr 2006 18:53 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption In a rare discussion on the severity of the Windows malware scourge, a Microsoft security official said businesses should consider investing in an automated process to wipe hard drives and reinstall operating systems as a practical way to recover from malware infestation. "When you are dealing with rootkits and some advanced spyware programs, the only solution is to rebuild from scratch. In some cases, there really is no way to recover without nuking the systems from orbit."
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That's what I do.
by AxXium on Tue 4th Apr 2006 19:08 UTC
AxXium
Member since:
2005-12-30

I repair PC's as a hobby and a way to earn extra money.

Well with having and supporting children, there is no such thing as extra money, hehe.

But I agree with the artical.

I can be a rather complex and daunting task to remove malware.

We all know that several malware removal applications often have their own quirks and I have seen one app that removed them all.

Normally I would have to use at least 3 different malware removal apps to be assured that 99% of the malware has been removed.

Sometimes it's just better to start from a clean state.

Especially if Grandma's Norton antivirus subscription ran out two years ago, lol.

Wiping the HDD clean is the only sure way, other than installing Linux that is.

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RE: That's what I do.
by abraxas on Tue 4th Apr 2006 19:16 in reply to "That's what I do."
abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

Normally I would have to use at least 3 different malware removal apps to be assured that 99% of the malware has been removed.

Sometimes it's just better to start from a clean state.


While this is very true it's pretty sad. There is rarely ever a time that one antispyware program will remove all threats and even when you use three or four programs to get as much crap as you can out, you are still sometime left with an unusable system. I think that is unacceptable. It's so easy to completely swamp a Windows PC in spyware that I think it borders on negligent on the part of Microsoft.

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RE[2]: That's what I do.
by Tom K on Tue 4th Apr 2006 19:46 in reply to "RE: That's what I do."
Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

How is this Microsoft's fault?

There are no impossible-to-detect rootkits for Linux? ;-)

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RE[2]: That's what I do.
by ma_d on Tue 4th Apr 2006 20:31 in reply to "RE: That's what I do."
ma_d Member since:
2005-06-29

As a programmer, the concept of cleaning utilities on a computer baffles, confuses, and irritates me.

Seriously, I will never understand how people can use all these utilities and not be bothered.

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RE[3]: That's what I do.
by abraxas on Tue 4th Apr 2006 20:43 in reply to "RE: That's what I do."
abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

There are no impossible-to-detect rootkits for Linux? ;-)

Show me one Linux PC swamped with malware. Point me in the direction of Linux malware that installs itself into startup. Please show me the magic of making files executable in linux without chmod. After you accomplish that maybe, just maybe I will concede that Microsoft has nothing to do with the malware problems Windows users face today.

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