An fdisk and format will get rid of it - without low-level formatting.
There are a FEW known virus infections that will blow the low level
format on SOME drives. Can't remember which ones, but they were also
capable of wiping the BIOS on some motherboards.
This is true about low level formatting, but it won't even help if you have
certain type of bios/cmos bugs. We've captured some that reside in the
battery ram on SMart Arrays....There is no tool to find or get rid of those.
Thankfully, these types haven't infected the general public yet. If they
ever do, it'll be worse than when Blaster hit.
If there is no tool to find them, how did you find them?
From what I've read on the net those that had a properly set up
firewall were unaffected by the Blaster virus. In any event the blaster
virus though nasty to be sure, was no where near the earth shattering
event some would like to believe.
Firewalls allow or don't allow certain IP addresses to access your firewall
and then your network and then your PC's. It has nothing to do with stopping
an actual attack if you allow access to your machine. Although most virus's
are transmitted or acquired thru email, the really tuff ones infect your
machine as soon as you attach them to a network, as some forms of blaster
did. People would take a brand new machine, install the cables and then
install the OS with it connected. As soon as the OS allowed a network
connection, the virus was planted and waited until the email system was
operational. Then when you sent an email to someone with this little worm
attached, it not only allowed him to get it (cause he opened your email) it
also sent everyone in your address book a message and if they accepted they
were now infected and then it was like stray cats and dawgs....The shit hit
the fan and firewalls don't protect you against things you let pass.......
There's lots of good ready on the web about this stuff, I'm wore out and do
this everyday. I don't need to be doing it on my time off.
I use Norton, because I can't afford to run an Apache or Cheyenne Server for
protection. It's the best product for the money. The free stuff is a virus,
That's all I have to say in this matter. Outside of there are over 50,000
different known viruses and some of them may have 10K variances of them. The
fact is, if you connect to the internet, someone really smart is gonna
figure out a way to screw it up for you. If you use for machine for
important stuff, I would never be without nothing less than Norton/MacAfee,
a good router (Linksys, Dlink, Cisco, etc), and never connect to the
internet without them running.....Never open an email from someone you don't
know, even if it's scanned first, if the dood just invented the virus, there
is no protection for it yet.
That is really all...
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