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Did a trojan trash my hardware?

By snaketooth10k ·
I recently got a nasty trojan on my computer that did serious damage to my device drivers, mainly the network and communications devices. I reinstalled all of the drivers from the disk, but they still gave error 31: driver could not be loaded. I reformatted my hard drive and reinstalled windows vista, but now the same thing is happening. I still get error 31 after installing the drivers from the disk. With all fresh software, does this mean my hardware is destroyed? I can't connect to the internet with that computer because all of my network devices aren't working.

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More likely it means that you have not properly cleaned the system

by OH Smeg In reply to Did a trojan trash my har ...

Some infections survive a Format let alone a Repair Install you need to Wipe the HDD with a Wiping Utility like either Boot & Nuke

http://dban.sourceforge.net/

of Kill Disc

http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

Then perform a new install of the OS.

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Or you can try this

by Jacky Howe In reply to Did a trojan trash my har ...

To use DiskPart: Boot from the Windows 7 or Vista DVD and on the first screen click Next, click Repair your computer, click Next and select Command Prompt.

Type in diskpart and Press Enter.
Type select disk 0 and Press Enter.
Now type clean all and Press Enter.

clean [all]

Use the clean command to remove partition or volume formatting from the current in-focus disk by zeroing sectors. By default, only the MBR or GPT partitioning information and any hidden sector information on MBR disks is overwritten. If you specify the all parameter, each and every sector can be zeroed, and all data that is contained on the drive can be deleted.

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