can the cpu itself have a virus?
Posted 31 January 2012 - 05:30 PM
Posted 31 January 2012 - 08:15 PM
Most of the time (from my experience here) the infections are contained to the physical hard drive inside the computer only. So replacing this and fresh setup on a new drive would eliminate any infection on the computer - however it would still be on the old hard drive should it ever be connected again (either to the same or a different computer).
It is possible to have a virus infect part of the system although I have never seen or heard of one myself. Here's some interesting reading though: http://www.tomshardw...romi,13447.html
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:38 PM
is there any way to get rid of the virus that infected the other hard drive? if i should put that drive in an external drive would it still infect my computer? i would like to try to recover the data from it.
Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:01 AM
As Troy recommended, it would be best to have one of our malware removal experts help with that. And yes, if you put an infected drive in an external enclosure it could, and likely would infect the computer it is attached too if just started to use that drive or any files on it. That said, you can installed it in an enclosure to then scan and remove any malware.
is there any way to get rid of the virus that infected the other hard drive? if i should put that drive in an external drive would it still infect my computer?
While BIOS malware is very rare and difficult to get because it has to get past all your security defenses on the way in, it is possible, but not something I would worry too much about. The problem with simply replacing the hard drive is you don't learn what infected you in the first place, how it infected you, or how to prevent recurrence.
Posted 01 February 2012 - 12:38 PM
so are you saying i could put the old drive in an external unit and turn my computer on and then run some programs to get rid of the virus on that drive? is the virus i have a BIOS virus? what do i need to do to let the experts help me with this?
Posted 01 February 2012 - 12:43 PM
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